THE FOCUS

Rachel Bubis: Through language, imagery and subject, the act of protest is a big part of your work. Have the events of the past year affected your perspective or practice? Nuveen Barwari: Unfortunately, not much has changed. The only thing that I think has changed a little is the fact that a lot of us have been thinking harder about where and how we can contribute best and that doesn’t necessarily always have to be through the arts. Just be...

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Rachel Bubis: In your current body of work, you explain that collecting is part of your practice. Have you always collected stuff? If so, what are some examples of your collections? Where does this desire come from, to keep hold of things? Thomas Sturgill: I collected baseball cards and whatnot, as a kid, but I think my main influence is that I grew up on family land in a house that contained multiple generations worth of stuff in it. Random...

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Hanna Seggerman: How have your childhood memories and experiences, like spending time in your aunt’s salon, influenced your artmaking practice? Ashanté Kindle: When I think about my childhood memories in relation to hair, there are so many experiences that have allowed me to develop a true love for the important role hair plays in my identity. Hair has always been a way of connecting with those I love. I also always saw hair as a form of expression and cre...

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