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SOLAR RESIDENT DJ

Pisces SEASON

DJ Lady Lane

INTERVIEW WITH Dj Lady Lane

MY LIFE AS A DJ

My name is DJ Lady Lane (aka Rena Anakwe) and I am based in Brooklyn, New York by way of Nigeria and Canada. I spin everything you can bounce, shake or sway to.

BEING AN pisces

There is a synergy with water and in turn I think that allows Pisces to be in sync with others; sometimes in excess. However, I appreciate the ebb and flow of being a Pisces; it definitely allows for moments of tenderness, care and strength.

Piscean ENERGY AND THE MUSIC

In relation to the Piscean energy, my mixes and playlists are definitely emotionally driven and follow along a non-linear journey.

check out valentin lamar’s playlist on spotify::

meta DEN: Aquarius Season

CONNECT WITH VALENTIN LAMAR::

IG:: @djladylane

Mixcloud:: DJ Lady Lane

Email:: rena@nyu.edu


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LUNAR VISUAL ARTIST

virgo + blue snow FULL MOON

Tyler Andrew

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ARTIST STATEMENT FROM Tyler Andrew

As a  developing artist, my photography is an act of self- expression. I take what are constant themes in my life, as someone who is Black, and use them to create pieces with a timeless message. This message can take on various forms. My work focuses on the importance of acknowledging Black mortality; it also challenges the hyper masculinity that exists in the Black community and it deals with what it means to be a Black man. I draw a great deal of my inspiration from visual artists/ photographers like Lorraine O’Grady, members of AFROCOBRA like Wadsworth Jarrell, Lorna Simpson, and other artists of that nature who’ve conceptually explored cultural identity. They were, and continue to be, able to challenge these ideas and do so in a manner that is visually stunning and vibrantly impactful.

My most recent body of work, entitled Eyecatchers: Black Bodies Under the African American Crown (2018) was a conjunctive piece examining  the relevance of Black mortality and folklore within the Black church/Black Christian tradition. During its conceptual stages, I saw the  importance of incorporating my own experiences with the black church and the urgency of creating art with a message. I decided to incorporate rope fashioned as a noose  because the symbolism of a noose was and is a signifier that the severity of Black mortality is tragically an enduring reality.

In addition, I incorporated vibrant red headpieces to pay homage to the women of the Black church, specifically lifting up the fashion. Revered both spiritually and culturally, the hats women wore in the church were symbols of success, popularity, triumph over hardship, and they were also used to show devotion;  there was a conception that the bigger the hat, the closer they were to God’s attention.

CURATOR STATEMENT FROM MCKENZIE + Joss MARTINEZ

This virgo + blue snow full moon evokes the energy of questioning perfection, while in a state of hunger. In true virgo fashion, the goal is to find sanctity in being correct, but the reality is that the truth comes with imperfections. This is a time to leverage these imperfections to help you reach your goals. However, this is not easy because our identities do not exist in a vacuum. How can you aim for perfection in a society that has predetermined that your identity is one of failure? This is the constant dilemma of the black body. The craftsmanship that goes into each adornment on a Sunday, is made by hands that must weave their own healing, and embody an image contrary to societal projections. The salvation of the black soul is dependent on each meticulous stitch. Hands are both used for creation and destruction. A prayer, a hanging. Church, the dichotomy between immortality and mortality. Together, we now have to build acknowledging that what has labeled us flawed, is actually our perfection.


This exhibit is the result of Anthony releasing those private scars to the public sphere and bringing to light what needs to be healed. Anthony is currently in Brasil in search of that new skin or amor-própio (self-love).

sneak peek of the exhibit::

Come to metaDEN to see the rest of this collection.