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Meet Rasu Jilani

Meet Rasu Jilani, 2015 Create Change Resident

Meet our Artists-in-Residence!

 

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

In 1989, Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” video in response to Spike Lee’s film “Do The Right Thing,” in the midst of the rising racial tension in NYC due to the death of Yusef Hawkins, has had a profound effect on the way I see art and its impact on communities. It was the first time that I can recall seeing socially engaged artists rally a community, redirecting the energy to honor our heroes, collective celebration and created an artistic product as a result. This seminal Hip Hop moment in my pre-teen years has influenced my approach to including communities as a critical piece to my practice as a community organizer and art producer.

 

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

The Stoop at my former home on Hancock Street in Bedstuy. This place was where my first business, Coup d’etat Brooklyn, was conceived, where my activism was realized, where stories from the neighborhood were shared, and the sense of community was reinforced. I love that place..the people and stories attached to to it.

 

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

Book: Queens Reigns Supreme

Film: Warriors

Song: “Ebonics” by Big L

 

What is the web address for your blog?

www.rasujilani.com

 

Read about Rasu’s 2015 Residency Project here.

 

Rasu Jilani is an Independent curator, social sculptor and entrepreneur whose work investigates the intersection between art, culture and civic engagement as a means of raising critical consciousness. The objective of his work is to catalyze interaction between artists, the local community and the wider public, in order to promote awareness around social issues through exhibitions, humanities, community programs and cultural events.

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