If you are looking for a visual night out, check out this upcoming exhibit:. It Was Written, featuring Aniekan Udofia and HKS 181 will run from June 7th-30th at The Fridge. I have every intention of making it out for this one! According to the description It Was Written will, “…look at the intersection of hip hop and storytelling…. Over time, hip hop’s guiding principle of chronicling the culture of urban Americans has been replaced by an egocentric bravado rooted in fantasy. The work[s] in It Was Written [are] born out of Aniekan and HKS 181’s desire to document the importance of the commonly shared narrative to hip hop music. ”
I have been a fan and supporter of Aniekan for years. From murals, to live art to portraiture, he is no doubt one of the most talented visual artists in DC. His ability to capture the essence of a thing is one of the reasons he is one of DC’s most sought after muralists. His work is very hip hop rooted, so this exhibit comes as no surprise. That being said, I suspect this will definitely be one for the books since, “The paintings depict literal and conceptual interpretations of classic and underground hip hop songs.” From a conceptual aspect alone, the exhibit is worth a look, and if you need more incentive, DJ Nick tha 1da will be spinning at the opening reception. All of this should make for a great night out and an interesting challenge for music heads trying to guess the songs represented in such picturesque form. If do you make it out, please report back and let me know your thoughts.
Friday, June 7th
516 1/2 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi is a lover of culture and the vision behind LSP. Got picks for her? Contact her at kat [at]lilsoso[dot]com.