We had the good fortune of connecting with Fulani Jabri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fulani, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Id say the most important thing I’ve done for what I consider success is letting my art breath. By not putting a ton of financial pressure on my creative process im in a place where I can refuse work that will inevitably drain me for work that instead nurishes me. And looking back on my career later, I’ll find only what I’m proud of~
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
If im being honest I dont know what sets me apart from others. I put a lot of thought and effort into my work, and try to express from a genuine place. I sleep little, I overthink, sometimes I under work. Im rarely proud of my work, but im always happy with the process. Sometimes I dont feel like I deserve the praise I get, other times I don’t feel like I get enough. The journey is a tough one, and there’s a lot of wandering in the dark, so its hard to tell when you overcame a challenge or you just got used to it. I feel like that’s what most of us go through. Im sorry I don’t have any lessons or insight about my story. The pens are out and the ink is still wet. But if anything I want to be remembered as someone who was honest~
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best things about this city is that there are pockets of culture and love all over (inside and outside the perimeter). So no matter what you’ve got a taste for, we got it somewhere. One of my favorite places in the city is the Oakland cemetery, it has a rich history and amazing architecture but more importantly, it has a special place in my heart as one of my mothers go-to shooting spots. I’d say we have a thriving thrift culture and that’s one of my favorite pastimes, so id definitely make time for that. And I cant forget to mention the absolute best move in the city, the Controllerise weekly music festival hosted at the Monday Night Garage in the west end. Its a collection of great music, food, anime, video games and dancing. All centered around hip-hop culture and Japanese aesthetics. Its a event full of love and energy that can only truly be described as religious experience~
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost any good in me comes from the creator. Then I have to give thanks for my parents, they were the first artists I’ve met. My father being a musician and poet, my mother a photographer. Now my uncle Kevin (Mister Soul) Harp furthers my development and training as an artist, a creative and a man. I cant thank them enough~
Muhammad Rasheed @Fotomaster_