Hank Willis Thomas Interview by Pauline Vermare

May 19, 2015

ICP Curator Pauline Vermare Talks to the 2015 Infinity Awards Recipient for New Media - Hank Willis Thomas.
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Hank Willis Thomas works primarily along themes related to identity, history and popular culture. Thomas’ work can be found in numerous public collections including MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, amongst others.

In this interview, Hank Willis Thomas talks about his brilliant project Question Bridge, which he created with Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The four collaborators spent several years traveling throughout the United States, speaking with 150 Black men living in 12 American cities and towns, including New York, Chicago, Oakland, Birmingham, and New Orleans. From these interviews they created 1,500 video exchanges in which the subjects, representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational strata, serve as both interviewers and interviewees. Their words were woven together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness dialogue, through which important themes and issues emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society.

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