QA Ekow Eshun on Style Race and Identity Blog Run Riot_1

Writer, journalist and broadcaster Ekow Eshun was the youngest editor of a British men’s magazine in Arena and Functioned as Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art until 2010. He frequently appears as a cultural critic on TV and radio and also has written a book about his Ghanaian-British individuality, Black Gold of the Sun. In Made You have a look at the Photographers’ Gallery, Eshun has curated an exhibition of photographs dedicated to the man enhancement. I received the opportunity to talk to him about style, politics and Prince. Eli Goldstone: You’ve had a varied career: Why is this display the natural conglomerate of your pursuits (in art, politics and fashion )? Ekow Eshun: I guess that’s a fantastic way to use it. It was not necessarily my aim going into the series but I find it difficult to ever really separate out my interests. How can you not consider politics if you are considering artwork? Or trend come to this? Everything merges together and certainly this series is a way to explore all those topics, plus a few others like race, identity and masculinity, through the prism of portrait photography. Shooting with a wide angle lens attached into your camera might help create some memorable shots when you’re performing portrait photography. Eli: What job has style played within your identity as a black guy? Ekow: Design is essential. There is a temptation Q&A Ekow Eshun on Style Race and Identity | Blog | Run Riot to look at it as a tool superficial but I would say it’s vital. As a black person you’re judged all of the time with your look, from the color of the skin into the way that you carry yourself walking down the road. This breeds a particular self-consciousness that may, at the worst of cases, be crippling. So opting to dress nicely, with style, is about asserting a personal politics. That does not mean you need to go about dressed in a sharp suit. It is not as what you wear than how you utilize it. It’s about taking control of how you are seen and claiming your presence in the world on your own terms. Eli: Is’Made You Look’ that a provocation of the critical white grin? Ekow: It is not necessarily critical of the white gaze. It simply takes as a given that this sort of thing exists and investigates the responses by photographers as well as the subjects they shoot to this actuality. A few of those answers are rebellious, others are somewhat provocative or lively, entertained or ironic. Eli: You and your brother Kodwo are both involved with the arts; just how much this is a merit of your own sanity? Ekow: I believe that it’s a manifestation of our parents’ benign indifference. Pretty much each African American parent wants their children to eventually become a doctor or a lawyer

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