2015 Create Change Commissioned artists Claro de los Reyes (My Baryo, My Borough: Oral History Project) and Rasu Jilani (Griots in ‘The Stuy’) break bread to reflect on their commissioned projects, and share their motivations and influences as artists, and muse on larger themes that inform their work.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Claro de los Reyes is a Brooklyn-based theatre artist and filmmaker who uses art-making to further community building, cross-cultural exchange, and the honoring of local cultures & heritage. His artistic practice spans from performing on Off-Broadway stages to making theatre & film alongside community members in the NY area, the Philippines, and Rwanda. He is also a proud NYC arts-based educator who serves various companies including the Apollo Theater Education, the Filipino School of NY & NJ, and CUNY Creative Arts Team. Click here to read The LP interview with Claro.
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. Click here to read The LP interview with Rasu.