ArtSake recently caught up with Boston Hip Hop Rap Artist Daniel Laurent, one of this year’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grant For Individual awardees to learn more about his work.
My artistic process for this piece (Cry for Me) was inspired by two recent tragedies that happened that hit close to home. Both mothers who were killed, the details vary but nonetheless it broke my heart and in my personal life I made a pledge against any forms of violence towards women and I believed this was the best way to publicly stand as an ally. My hope is this art will not only influence the survivors but also the perpetrators alike for change.
This is an intentional effort at being an ally in the fight against domestic violence and sexual abuse. Being inspired by two tragedies that hit close to home was the catalyst of using art to provoke and further the conversation. Women are disproportionately impacted and while men’s numbers are skewed for various factors, the realities of our trauma manifesting and spilling onto others is at alarming rates. Intentionality is the only option. You matter. You are worthy.
Check out Daniel Laurent’s piece Cry for Me
Image credit: All images courtesy of Daniel Laurent.