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Posted December 9, 2013 by Kimani in Love. Life. Erotica.
Trophy Scarves Nate Hill

Well, here’s one way to address an elephant in the room! Artist Nate Hill has taken metaphor to the utmost level with his newest collection, “Trophy Scarves.” A play on words, the photos open discussion on race, gender and also feminism. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions, but it’s definitely an innovative concept…

 

Artist Nate Hill ‘wears’ white women in controversial ‘Trophy Scarves’ project

Skinny, mostly naked white women are draped across Nate Hill’s shoulders in his project, ‘Trophy Scarves.’ Hill, 36, explains it’s all about race, and how black men view white women as trophies.

 BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
East Harlem artist Nate Hill’s latest art project, ‘Trophy Scarves,’ includes photographs like this one, showing white women draped across his shoulders like scarves.

NATE HILL

East Harlem artist Nate Hill’s latest art project, ‘Trophy Scarves,’ includes photographs like this one, showing white women draped across his shoulders like scarves.

An East Harlem artist is making a name for himself by draping naked white women across his shoulders, and wearing them as human scarves.

Nate Hill, 36, said the controversial art project, called “Trophy Scarves,” is all about race.

“It’s a satire on black men who like to see white women as status symbols,” Hill, who is of mixed race, told the Daily News.

Nate Hill's project has sparked a controversial conversation about race. He says he's sending a message about how black men view white women as trophies.

TERESA TSAI

Nate Hill’s project has sparked a controversial conversation about race. He says he’s sending a message about how black men view white women as trophies.

On Instagram, lithe white women — some nude, others barely dressed in fishnet stockings or red, cheeky underwear — hang limply around Hill’s neck in dozens of photos. The artist, whose page simply says, “I wear white women for status and power,” appears only in a black suit and bow tie.

 

Hill, who’s originally from Florida, meets his models on social media, Craigslist or through word of mouth. Photos are taken in private, often at the woman’s home.

A photo from Nate Hill’s ‘Trophy Scarves’ Instagram page, which reads, ‘I wear white women for status and power.’

MARY PAT THIBODEAU/TROPHYSCARVES/INSTAGRAM

A photo from Nate Hill’s ‘Trophy Scarves’ Instagram page, which reads, ‘I wear white women for status and power.’

“Usually, I’m more nervous about how they’re feeling than they are,” he said. “Some of them are exhibitionists, some are artists, some of them just like to do new and interesting things.”

Hill, whose day job is tending fruit flies at an Upper East Side research facility, has “worn” between 15 and 20 women.

“I used to joke with my friends about using white women as scarves in the winter time,” he said. “Just to show, the idea that there’s something to this status symbol.”

One of the few clothed 'trophies' collected by artist Nate Hill.

TERESA TSAI/TROPHYSCARVES

One of the few clothed ‘trophies’ collected by artist Nate Hill.

 

On Friday, he’ll perform at the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side, alternating between three “scarves” while standing on a rotating platform for two hours.

Hill expects controversy — it’s the heart of the project. Online, critics blast the artist for encouraging sexism, and question how the public would respond if the photos were of a white man wearing a black woman around his neck.

Most of the photos of 'trophies' are taken at the models’ homes, artist Nate Hill said.

NATE HILL

Most of the photos of ‘trophies’ are taken at the models’ homes, artist Nate Hill said.

Hill, who has a wife but declined to comment on how she feels about his latest work, said the project will end before the new year. Until then, he’ll collect as many new scarves as possible.

And he’s not the only one.

 

Hill’s popularity has sparked copycat attempts, which the artist excitedly shares on Twitter — photos of men hoisting their nude girlfriends atop their shoulders, their very own “trophy scarf” on display for the world to see.

“I’ve been shocked by the people who say, ‘You’re my hero,’” Hill said.

In 2011, Hill launched the website WhitePowerMilk.com, selling milk that has been gargled by white women.

What to Know: Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St. at Pitt St., Friday at 6-8 p.m., FREE, http://www.abronsartscenter.org/galleries/guts.html

Resources:

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/artist-wears-white-women-scarves-article-1.1537599#ixzz2n0WIMgeG




About the Author

Kimani

A NY transplant in Florida, Kimani has taken on the task of educating the world on sexual health and education. The Mount Vernon native has seen AIDS and HIV spread through her community like wildfire, and hopes to cease the transmission of these and other diseases one person at a time. If you know better, you're inclined to do better.

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