Nate Hill, a 36 year-old self-described performance artist, is recently causing controversy for his photos in which he himself dressed in a tuxedo with a white women surrounding his neck like a scarf.
Hiss did this performance, titled Trophy Scarves, in order to draw people’s attention to the mixed-race relationships, which he called an “issue in the public now about black men who might think of being with white women as a status symbol.”
Starting this project four months, Hill now has gained 7,500 Instagram followers to his account @TrophyScarves.
Hill hopes his photos can “inspire self-examination” within the minds of the viewers. And being the child of a black father and white mother, Hill thinks this made his work more” close to home”, though he says that he is half black and doesn’t really identify as black, so working on the Trophy Scarves is a kind of role playing and he is playing the role of a black man. He also claims working on this project is also a kind of role playing for his white female models.
According to Hill, now in the public, black men might find white woman to be a status symbol.
Hill’s Trophy Scarves series sparked great anger in the feminist community, and social media comment his project like “F****** disgusting,” and “How the f*** would y’all be reacting if it was a white man ‘wearing’ a black woman????”
However, there are still people appreciating his work and saying Hill’s work “Looks like a great way to stay warm.”
Hill admits that his work “is really complicated because there are always going to be people upset that women are objectified in the piece,” and “Yes I mean [the women] are scarves – they couldn’t be more objectified, but I did that to make a point.”
Being a married guy, Hill says his wife “tolerates” his art, but he blocks her on Twitter so she has no idea what he is doing and he tends to block her on Instagram too.
Having a full-time job at an Upper East Side lab where fruit files are bred for medical testing, Hill says art is just his part-time hobbit. He picked up this hobbit when he is a college student and “bum around the art studios and hang out with artists,” quickly gaining that” some art is more about the idea rather than the execution or talent.”
Previous work of Hill include White Power Milk, an online project in which milk that had been gargled by Caucasian women is trying to be sold; Death Bear, in which Hill invaded in women’s home to collect miserable reminders of their past, which had been lengthily reported by the New York Times.