Nicholas Anglin| July 20, 2020| 12:00 p.m
Meet Tell Hardy, a 21 year-old upcoming photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had the opportunity to ask him some questions pertaining to his work, himself, and how essentially supporting black artist intertwines with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Art is important, it records and showcases history. Ignoring or whitewashing black artistry, which is done often in America, aids in the silencing of black voices. A recent study done in 2019 shows "that 85% of artists [in museums] are white and 87% are men" and not much has changed since then. We should not leave black artistry to be showcased in only black history museums. Minority artist are often ignore or stereotyped, as we can see by the "Oscars so white", and how the only time black women are seen in big roles is if they are playing common stereotypes, such as the "Tragic Mulatto", the "Mammy" and the "Jezebel". It is important that we as a society amplify black artist voices and works and this starts at home. Lets meet and support Tell Hardy!!!!
8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? With everything going on in the world right now, I don't really know. I know for sure I want to move to Atlanta next year to expand my art works. But right now things are tricky with this pandemic going on. I am working on a solo exhibition for next year! Im very excited about that. It will be my first solo show, so I'm taking this time in quarantine to research and learn a lot.
9. Why is supporting black artists a huge factor in furthering the Black Lives Matter Movement? It's our time! Sadly it took this long for people to realize. The world is changing. I'm very proud of the Black Young and Educated movement you all started. To be coming out of highschool, your minds are amazing. Keep that shit up! CHANGE is all I want at this time, and I know others do too.
How to support Tell Hardy!!!!
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