Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop
Abu Dhabi community arts hub Manarat Al Saadiyat will host the photography exhibition CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, in partnership with the region’s leading cultural and lifestyle platform, Sole.
Showing outside of the United States for the first time, CONTACT HIGH will take visitors through four decades of photographs, albums, magazine covers and memorabilia that document Hip-Hop culture. The exhibition will feature over 150 images by 60+ photographers including Janette Beckman, Barron Claiborne, Jorge Peniche, Joe Conzo, Martha Cooper, Jamel Shabazz, Danny Clinch, Brian “B+” Cross, Eric Coleman, Estevan Oriol, Jack McKain and Ravie B. Photographs will be displayed alongside the original contact sheets, providing an intimate look into the photographer’s journey during the shoot.
CONTACT HIGH is curated by journalist Vikki Tobak, writer of the bestselling book of the same name. The exhibition’s Creative Director is Hip-Hop visual artist and filmmaker Fab 5 Freddy, and its Producer is Joseph Patel.
Barron Claiborne: Biggie Smalls, "King of New York” - Wall Street, New York, 1997