2PAC | Steve Kalinda
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper, actor and poet. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time.
Steve Kalinda was born in Democratic Republic of Congo into a family with a Rwandese background. He currently resides in London.
In college, Steve studied film and philosophy. His work lead him to studying Rwanda’s 1994 Genocide. “I wanted to understand why and how 1 Million people could be killed in 100 Days. After I read books and watched documentaries about it, I became obsessed with the images and the tragic stories. I remember whenever I saw a skull I would completely associate it to the genocide, but I was not in Rwanda in 1994, I only went there in 1998. But this feeling of horror and death, made me think of the victims and what they must have gone through. I decided to master Photoshop, in order to allow me to create images with skulls that were bold and beautiful. It is my hope that if a victim of the genocide in Rwanda were to see it, it can help dissociating the memories and images they have of skulls from the genocide, show them something different.” - Steve Kalinda, London 2018
"I search for beauty, mixing images and colors to change the conventional conversation. I just love making beautiful things." - Steve Kalinda
For this print, the artist chose Fuji Crystal C-Type archival paper with a semi-matt finish (231gsm). The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish. This versatile paper works well with all photographic images and maintains colors in a very natural way.