An Interview With Hank Willis Thomas

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Hank Willis Thomas, The Cotton Bowl, 2011. From the series Strange Fruit.

Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas

Karen Day, in an feature for Cool Hunting, recently caught up with artist Hank Willis Thomas, about his extensive body of work. In addition to focusing on the artist's latest projects, Day explores Thomas's work, which critically examines everyday images that reinforce systems of inequality--from advertising to sports culture. This timely interview aligns with Thomas's major traveling retrospective.

"I think my work is very much my life. So it’s a product of my search, my quest for personhood. My quest for my own specific voice to be clear and to understand the world and make sense of it." - Hank Willis Thomas