Chi Modu X Inan | 2 Pac | Hoodie
HVW8 Gallery Berlin and adidas Originals proudly present UNCATEGORIZED, an exhibition of photography by Chi Modu. Alongside images of hip-hop royalty including Tupac, Biggie, Nas and ODB, UNCATEGORIZED also features previously unseen gems from Chi’s photographic archive. The show celebrates hip-hop’s creative energy and raw, unrivaled ambition in its prime, showcasing Chi’s documentation of the legends behind the sound. UNCATEGORIZED is an ode to a movement, honouring the impact that the early hip-hop icons inimitably maintain today.
UNCATEGORIZED stems from a wider exhibition series, the title of which marks Chi’s open-minded approach to his work. “I wanted to create something that is the opposite of putting labels on everything and make a statement against stereotyping,” he explains. “My work does not t into any one stereotype and neither do I.” Reconsidering the conventional modes of exhibiting photography, Chi employs projection, prints onto fabric and uses experimental forms of collage installation.
To coincide with the Berlin exhibition, the photographer also presents the CHI MODU x INAN Capsule, a clothing line collaboration with Berlin-based fashion designer INAN, which includes a hoodie and T-shirt featuring a selection of Chi’s iconic images.