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BHMD HISTORY MADE - Tomashi Jackson
Tomashi Jackson leads a new generation of socially and politically conscious artists. Watch our BHMD "History Made" series of video's featuring today's generation of trendsetters who are forging a path in establishing their own mark in the history of the future.
Tomashi Jackson was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has studied at the Yale School of Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning, and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She is the first Black American woman to graduate from MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology.
Her work has been exhibited in Minneapolis, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Florida and New York. She has performed at MoMA PS1, Parsons the New School of Design, The Harvard University Signet Society, and the Cooper Union.
"Untitled (CMYMe) (Alesia, Alberta, Tanisha, and Me)", 2015.
The artist draws three portraits of three women, Tanisha Anderson (Died Nov. 13, 2014, age 37 Cleveland, Ohio), Alberta Spruill (Died May 16, 2003, age 57 New York City), and Alesia Thomas (Died July 22, 2013, age 35 Los Angeles) onto street facing glass using cyan, magenta, and yellow oil sticks. Once the portraits are complete, the artist cleans the oil color from the glass.
Inspired by her research around historic and contemporary informal domestic labor, Tomashi wears a classic princess cut domestic worker's uniform dress. This uniform is similar to the ones worn by elder women in her family who worked informally in Texas and California from the 1940s until their retirement in the 1980s.
Each of the three women whose portraits are drawn onto the glass died after physical encounters with police. None of the women died from gunshot wounds. In this scenario the artist’s body represents the Key color, Black.
The images produced by this project present fleeting, brightly colored, portraits against either the backdrop of the cityscape or the interior view of the active exchange of goods and commerce. The fragile and transparent material of the glass becomes embodied by the drawings and the artist.
BHMD HISTORY MADE - BLACK VIOLIN
Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida composed of two classically-trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B.
Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B. plays the viola. They met in high school, went to different colleges, then later reconvened to create the musical group Black Violin. The duo plays a variety of music (relying heavily upon classical music), but are often categorized as hip hop because of the changes to the rhythm and beats. This mingling of hip hop and classical sensibilities is what is generally thought to give them their distinctive style.
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