In this wide ranging chat with Floyd Hall, Michi Meko talks about his feelings for the rural and urban South, his philosophical approach to his work, TINDELMICHI, the growth of Atlanta’s arts community, and why he’s “gone fishing.”
Michi Meko’s work as a multi-disciplinary artist draws influence from rural southern culture and contemporary urban subcultures. He has developed a system of gathering that allows for hybridizing and remixing the contents into a multilingual dialect, and endowing ordinary and rejected objects with historic and spiritual powers. By reworking and mashing up iconography, the works begin to establish a new identity: an identity with possibilities of life to come, giving voice to the forgotten, and demonstrating significant resiliency and strength that offers hope and possibility. The works allude to conditions both physical and psychological, and are a proclamation of perseverance and remembrance.
Audio: Click the player above to listen to Hall’s conversation with Michi Meko, or download the MP3.
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