Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown where her life is falling apart. Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip-hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother and only friends, Jheri and Basterd, Patti also shoulders her mother’s heartaches and misfortunes.
This video is from Jennybird Alcantara’s 2014 exhibition at AFA Gallery in New York City. The collection of original works included oil paintings, works on paper and mixed-media dolls. The exhibition coincided with the Artist’s featured story in Hi- Fructose Magazine’s Vol.29 issue (sold out). Alcantara uses symbolism to explore the connection between life and death, as well as the beauty and cruelness of nature (including landscape, animals and humans). She lives and works in Oakland.
“Have you ever browsed some internet forums and heard some teeny kids from the west how Slavs have no culture? Well after this amazing photo shoot their mouths will be closed for good, Slavic fusion in a series ‘Pagan Poetry’ made by Polish photographer Macin Nagraba and all costumes made by Agnieszka Osipa. The model is the photographer’s mother and by all means having a ‘babushka’ in this photo shoot just gives even more Slavic feel to it”.