Who? Ana Where? Rio de Janeiro When? August 2010 The night before I left Rio, Anarkia had a little bon voyage party for me and I finally got a chance to speak with the fiery pixadora Ana. She shared her thoughts on community, pixação, self-expression, feminism, art vs vandalism, getting shot by police, and why … Continue reading From the archives…Ana
OH, Art Basel. What do you do when you have too much to see and not enough time? Prioritize! My goal for Basel was to meet the ladies of Few and Far in person, finally. For the 2nd year in a row, these grrls were once again rep'n the only all-grrl wall at Basel (unless I missed something). I talked to … Continue reading Chillin’ with Few and Far in Miami
Who? Si Caramujo Where? Lapa, Rio de Janeiro Brazil When? August 2010 I get to meet some of the most incredible people, and Si is by far one of them. I remember feeling the peace in her presence instantly—it was infectious. And the Goddess she painted that day in Lapa was a perfect manifestation of … Continue reading From the Archives…SI
Wow. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so inspired, so supported, and so fancy! 😉 I just got home from the most incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience at TEDxWomen in DC. Basically, I got to spend 3 days making personal connections with radical feminists the likes of spoken word artist Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Lynne Hurdle-Price of Nomada What … Continue reading TEDxWomen Recap!!!
Who? TASH Where? NYC to Melbourne via email When? October/November 2009 Never understatement the power of the Internet. Seriously. I contacted MC TASH WAAAAAAYYYY BACK in (like 2003) when my research was a baby thesis...and then found her again (after no contact for years) because of Facebook. When I emailed her, she was about to … Continue reading From the archives…TASH
Sometimes I get to be a part of a shift in history...hip hop history that is. Yesterday was one of those days. Abby and I were invited to Davidson College in North Carolina to talk about graffiti, history, and the politics of gender, race, and sexuality. Before we began, I asked the audience to think about the … Continue reading Live Interview with ABBY at Davidson
Who? Kaka, former pixadora Where? Somewhere in Rio... When? August 2010 The fact is, when you do over 20 interviews in 10 days (in another language in a foreign country), you lose track of small details like...location. No? Well I do. I remember visceral responses to places and people, overall impressions—not addresses. In order to … Continue reading From the Archive…Kaka
[Readers!! All 6 of you! I swear I have not abandoned you. Shiro's show went up (see previous post), I spent almost 2 weeks in Florida getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, and then before I knew it the semester started and all of a sudden I realized...oh, my blog. I now have a fantastic intern … Continue reading Interview with Free!
Who? Solitas, Doce Brillos Crew Where? Santiago, Chile When? August 2010 I met up with the lovely Solitas at her apartment in Santiago. I began with the usual “please tell me your tagname and when you got started,” to which she responded “I began experimenting with painting in 1999 and I take breaks only when … Continue reading digging through my archives…Solitas
So here is the first of many archived interviews I will post in no particular order...maybe alphabetical? 😉 Who? Alma Where? La Chimba Hostel, Santiago, Chile (go there, best hostel ever) When? August 2010 Jess: Thanks for meeting me Alma! Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you got started? Alma: I … Continue reading digging through the archives…Alma