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Aliyah Hakim

June 17, 2014

What is your name?

Aliyah Hakim

 

Where can we find you on Twitter?

@Aliyahakim4

 

In what neighborhood do you live?

Bedford-Stuyvesant

 

So, what attracted you to The LP? How does working here relate to your professional goals?

Neighborliness is my personal core value of The LP’s core values and is the idea that attracts me to The LP the most. In my experience, being in community in any space—urban or suburban (my experience is limited to these kinds of spaces)—has been challenging. The LP’s work of creating intentional community spaces is something I believe has the capacity to build strong and powerful connections amongst individuals and groups of people, and is something that directly relates to my dreams of becoming an artist leader and person who engages with art and people.

 

Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!

Yes! …I think? After being in academia (I just finished my first year of college at The New School!) all year I feel as though I’ve distanced myself from my art practice, in the sense that I have not had much space to practice making art! Despite that, my arts practice mostly comprises working with theatre and performance art as well as cameras (photography and film). For the past two years, I have been working with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC to share stories about oppression as well as strategies to change the outcomes of these stories.

 

Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?

I actually collect art projects! I have a Google Doc with links about (mostly contemporary) artists and their art projects and everything. Lately, I have been very inspired and challenged by (what I would name) storytelling photographers, including Brandon Stanton’s photography project Humans of New York, as well as Endia Beal’s images of white corporate woman donning black hairstyles. I am also incredibly inspired by Kara Walker and am generally interested in artists grappling with ideas surrounding race politics, hair politics, violent histories, absurdity, and making connections with people.

 

What is your favorite album?

My favorite things change so often, but I can tell you that I’ve been listening to Regina Spektor a lot lately… I really like her song “Reading Time With Pickle” and have been trying to learn it on piano.

 

Where do you do your laundry?

Haven’t done it in a while, actually… The Laundromat I’ve spent the most time in this year though has been a laundromat in Bed-Stuy on Marcus-Garvey Boulevard.

 

In your opinion, why does art matter?

To me, art organizes (and disorganizes) ideas, peoples, cultures, and imaginations; it inspires contemplation, conversations, action, inaction, and change.