This week we are getting ready for, Reframed ' A Meeting of the Eyes' - a conversation on art, photography and music featuring the talented Emari Traffie, Dana Washington, Alima Lee, Sophia Nahli Allison - hosted by Gia Azevedo and moderated by Miriha.
Here we learn more about writer, producer and photogapher Miriha Austin.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
This question always bothers me. I never know exactly where to start. I’m a 25 year old black woman living in LA, doing the most on a daily basis. To keep it simple, yeah?
What creative mediums are you into the most?
The thing that I end up doing the most is connecting folks; I’m the art connect. I’m very observant in public spaces and I like to watch interactions happen, people watch. I’m also super inquisitive, so when meeting people I usually end up interviewing them discreetly. What I mean when I say that is, I tend to ask random questions about a persons life or beliefs or interests in conversation and it usually catches people off guard. I get to know people on a different level that way, especially at first meeting. Subconsciously I keep like a rotary of random information about people in my head and in turn I have all these urges to put people together because of it. I’ve introduced so many folks and have witnessed so many beautiful things come from the relations that came after those introductions.
I also take photos, write, and produce a magazine.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Hmm… I think most often I draw inspiration from sadness. I’m most able to self motivate when I’ve just recently been sad. That’s the first thing that connected me to Frida Kahlo. I write most often when I’m sad. Visually, I’m inspired by the convergence of natural and manmade objects and spaces, organically. Like when a stop sign gets taken over by a string of vines. I can’t walk by that shit without taking a photo. I have a secret instagram dedicated to that exact thing, haha.
Any upcoming projects or collaborations that you are excited about?
Mannnnn, I have so many things that I’m excited about right now. I get no sleep these days but it is all worth it! I’m working on a really big project with my partner, my best friend, my aunt and my brother. I don’t want to say too much but community is at the forefront of it all and we’re introducing it this summer.
What does community mean to you?
I mean, just definitively, a group of people that closely relate and support each other. But, to say community today, it’s not taken lightly. To say support today, it’s not taken lightly. So to say community, today, holds weight. It means something more than just a neighborhood.
What are you currently vibing?
Musically, random shit on SoundCloud, music my friends make, music that submitted to the magazine. Of course, Kendrick is on rotation. Outside of music, the last few books I’ve read were written by former black panthers and political activists. I’ve been in my shell a lot lately. When it gets warm in LA it starts to get cliquey and I’m too introverted for that. Lately I’ve just been trying new restaurants, working, and trying to spend as much time outside as possible.
Dream collab – who/ what would it be?
Dream collab changes often and with each medium comes a new dream collab. I feel like this question really just asks who would I fangirl for haha. Well, my ultimate dream collaborator for anything would be Larry David.
Any advice for someone trying to pursue their passions?
Just do it! Don’t try to be cool, don’t try to water down your work for the white palette, don’t be afraid to say no to things. You don’t have to take every job, you don’t have to adhere to anyone’s standards of what art or acceptable work is. All you have to do is you.
What do you hope for the future?
World peace, haha. Not kidding, but there is so much work that needs to be done. I hope that with every new generation we get more inquisitive and bolder. Less pettiness, more communication. Less tension and more conversations. Less exclusion, more openness. PERIOD.
Lastly, what are you looking forward to the most for the upcoming Reframed 'A Meeting of the Eyes' panel discussion?
All of the above
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