Talking with Jamel Mims
-- The Nation [external link]
"Jamel Mims, multimedia artist, hip hop pedagogue, and activist, was awarded a Fulbright in 2008 to study hip hop in Beijing. When he got there, many locals questioned his quest: an American, looking for hip hop, in China? Most warned that he wouldn’t find much. But after not too long, he discovered an elusive underground hip hop scene rarely acknowledged by the Chinese mainstream. His research resulted in The Misadventures of MC Tingbudong, a participant-observant study and multimedia ethnography, exhibited in New York and Beijing. Mims’s work ranges from visual arts to political expression, joined by common themes of youth culture, social transformation and the urban environment.."
THE MASS INCARCERATED (2013)
Ongoing collection of photos, film, digital art and essays about the lives and communities enmeshed in the New Jim Crow: mass incarceration, and those fighting against it.
NEW YOUTH CITY
Composite video of youth in NYC demonstrating the 'light work' dance, following a rally for Slain Youth at Union Square, NYC.
THE MISADVENTURES OF MC TINGBUDONG (2010)
The Misadventures of Emcee Tingbudong is a multimedia ethnography; a collection of photography, film, and sociological anecdotes, and the result of a 2008 Fulbright Scholarship to study Beijing’s hip hop community. Drawing methodological influences ranging from KRS-One to sociologist Elijah Anderson, the project is built on living and participating with practitioners of hip hop culture in Beijing who demonstrate its four pillars of cultural expression: emceeing, break dancing, DJing, and graffiti.