Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

June 16, 2014

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of micro-interviews with our 2014 Create change artists!

Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, 2014 Resident: Hunts Point

 

Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

Augusto Boal, Leroy Campbell, Bob Marley, Nick Cave, Nina Simone, James Blake, Malcolm X.

I’m inspired and influenced by the mission to educate, expose & explore. These individuals have motivated me to look at USA history as a whole and see how I fit in these stories, and to use my work to give other views and change the way the future looks at them.

 

Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

Some places meaningful to me would have to be: The Point CDC & BAAD!, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Hunts Point Library & Crotona Park. These places all gave me the opportunity to explore and educate myself. These places became a second home as a child, and helped me understand the importance of community at a young age.

 

What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

Books:

Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas, Junot Diaz.

Songs:

“Bright Lights Bigger City” by Cee-Lo Green, “The Bodega” by Project, “Lean Back” by Fat Joe, “Carnival in Harlem” by Tito Puente, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z (ft. Alicia Keys).

Films:

Wild Style, Coming to America

 

If you have an idea of a blog post or topic you’d like to contribute to our blog, please share below!

1. Why is it important to put labels on Art, and why not?

2. Ways that Art is changing the lives around us. Artists who create Art from everyday living.

 

Read about Dennis’ residency project: Good Trade.

View a complete list of 2014 Create Change projects.