When I think of my adolescence, I think of climbing over fences, getting beaten up, beating people up, watching porn with mates, walking for hours to explore an abandoned house, getting chased by the police and getting away. I think about all those long nights coming home at 3am and my mum being sad because she knew what I was doing. Drinking stupid amounts of rubicon until my tongue was orange. Holding my finger over the date on the child travelcard so we could get countless night buses around the city. Buying my first pair of 90’s and ruining them. All those hours writing the same four letters over and over. Stealing ink so we could stick n’ poke stupid shit on each other. Moshing to my mates bands in the backroom of pubs. I remember my mum crying in the dock as I got sent to prison and all my friends waiting outside the court room. Getting head on the tube home. Looking at pictures of friends that are now just strangers. Just not giving a fuck about what people thought of me.Read More
These days through social media it's easy to make a whole persona with no authenticity and big branding buys into that without fact checking the artist. Can you talk about the importance of having an authentic body of work and what changes you would like to see in how culture is being showcased to the main-stream audience.
SEAN MAUNG - That's a good and important question. My body of work is my soul. It will be the spirit that transcends my body after I die. All I ever wanted since I picked up a camera was for my work to be dope and official. That's all I can do, and the rest is out of my control. As for how art and culture are being showcased, who are these "gatekeepers" aka creative directors, gallery curators, art-book stores, etc? Most are so disconnected from the street, from everyday life, from the communities where movements are being born. They live in lofts and eat at spots in Echo Park and chill with people who are all their same age and background. There is no cross pollination. So they are isolated and they turn to social media and they follow the hype that has been created artificially. That's what I see when I see these "gatekeepers." Isolated from real-ass people and communities and relying on social media to find what's hot. There ain't nothing original about that and it shows.
1. What differences do you see culturally in terms of love/sex/dating in Brazil vs the United States?
(Priscila): We both have different opinions because we come from different countries, Pablo is European and I am Brazilian. I think the Europeans are more caring and attentive compared to Brazilians. Relationship culture in Brazil deals with a lot of obsession and possession. Women in Brazil must always be submissive while also being the queen of everything. I found it interesting when he wanted a relationship with me despite the famous reputation that women in Brazil have all over the world hahaha.Read More