How did you get into debt?
Primarily from loans taken out to pay for graduate school for the members of our performance collective. Also, from credit card debt accumulated from surviving in New York City while attending grad school, and only being able to work part-time or freelance.
Describe your art practice
HOT HANDS is the performance art moniker of Kiowa Hammons and Daonne Huff. The group incorporates sound, film, dance, and visual art to create multi-disciplinary performance pieces. Our submission for Debtfair is a film of a live multi-media performance piece entitled PRISM, MIRROR, LENS; which occurred in November 2016. The performance addressed current trends in urban transformation and gentrification, and the anxiety inducing effects they have upon individuals and communities within New York City. Subjects of affluence and displacement within neighborhoods are expressed through a sonic infusion of jazz and experimental music; the words of cultural critics, artists and writers; and stylistically through the lens of afro-futurism—which as a cultural aesthetic we found a close kinship to in it’s themes of dystopia and identity politics. We would also love to perform the piece live if chosen as one of the works to be "physically" displayed.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Debt is a horrible societal calamity that needs to be remedied. However in the work we do, which primarily focuses on issues of social justice, communities, and cultural identity; being in-debt does help in understanding issues that affect such a huge demographic of our society. It may be that our artwork would be more distanced from the themes we address if we were totally free from debt. Our artwork would certainly be more optimistic without debt looming over our heads...