The HUSTLE: Black Southern Culture Documentarian

Updated: May 26, 2021



A word. An inspiration.


What if your story has already been told? What if there are no more words to describe you, the artist?



THE QUESTION BECOMES


Why tell your story as a Black artist?


“Black people should tell Black stories”

Where are the teachers of Black art? The forefathers capturing the essence of Black culture?


Phillip Loken,‘King Phill’ , one of our BlkArthouse artist, has vowed to use his art to capture present day for tomorrow. A digital photographer. A video artist. A curator of the streets of North Carolina.


A Historian.


A Documentarian to Black Southern Culture.


The stories of our culture, encouraged to rummage through the crates of American History. Books written by the oppressor rather than the oppressed. Volumes of books line the shelves of our Black schools, titled ‘Slavery’ or ‘Great Migration.’

Many forced to accept the stories of Black people in the South as nothing more than HISTORY.


 

I have decided I will not tell the 'traditional story' of Phillip the Great, excuse me Phillip Loken better known as‘King Phill’.


The story has been told. The beauty of history.


I will take a moment in space to amplify and introduce the Black Art community to one of the new leaders, an innovator in the Black Art Movement of the South.


King Phill.


A Black man who has used his love for his people

to capture the freedom, the pain, the joy...

that tells the stories of Black life in the South.

Its Soul.


One word to describe the journey of King Phill.


The HUSTLE.



Remember the record by Cassidy in 2005 ‘Ima Hustla’

I'm a hustler, I'm a, I'm a hustler, homey, yeah

I'm a hustler, I'm a, I'm a hustler, homey, yeah

Nigga, ask, nigga, nigga, ask about me, yeah

Nigga, ask, nigga, nigga, ask about me, yeah


Follow me.

 

H:Humanity


Black Power.Hostile. Hopeful. Energetic. Proud. Pain. Respect. 

#BreakTheInternet IV, Sadder Daze XXIV

Digital Photograph, 2015

Exhibition of NC Always, “Don’t Wait Til It’s Cool’ traveling photography archive

North Carolina’s Museum of History in 2019


“Im just happy to be here”

The Beginning.

King Phill recalls the story of him playing the drums in church. A true jam session.


Later teaming up with a high school friend to start a clothing brand fast forwarding his love for fashion and dope threads, started his own streetwear blog called Cool&WellDressed. One of the brands Phillip interviewed, went on to be featured in British GQ and another had a pop-up shop in Tokyo.


Attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he found his love for fashion to be best captured by the curator himself. He picked up his first used camera. Watched the art he admired, brought to life in front of his lens.


The HUSTLE.


 

U: Unbothered

King Phill is defining his art in spaces where his appreciation for Black people and his camera are taking up space.

Power. Peace. Positivity.

Who Inspired Your Work?


Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black photographers established in New York City in 1963.

They boldly and inventively depicted their communities as they saw and participated in them, rather than as they were often portrayed. - Whitney Museum of American Art

Inspired by Kamoinge-Black photographers of the 1960s & 70s


“My only critique is that there were no women. Wait, there was one.”

The HUSTLE.

 

S: Self-Worth


“Always trusting in myself. This is what I want to do...I see this coming together.”

King Phill self-published photobook commercial. How the Little Black Book Happened.


“My work is centered around Black people. I support Black people. I am not shouting out white places and spaces.”


The HUSTLE.

 

T: Tempo