Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
Who aren’t I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I spend a lot of time writing essays and reading Homer in the libraries up at Columbia University. When I’m not up there, I am being painted upon on a stage somewhere downtown. My next project involves a teenage Roman emperor, the veil of pseudonymity, and a whole barrelful o’ social media.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I hail from the mean streets of Newton, Massachusetts via the cobbled alleyways of old city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the moment, I am going to the dining hall to steal some fruit.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My biggest heroes are those who do, or have done, what I wish I had thought to do before they did it (I also, on some level, despise these people). The list includes, but is not limited to: Cindy Sherman, Genesis P-Orridge, Christeene, Ryan Trecartin, Björk, Michael Alig, Jasha Lottin, Vaginal Davis, Virginia Woolf, J.W. Anderson, Marina Abramovic, The-o Adams, Sharon Needles, and Jeffrey Dahmer.
5: What book is your bible?
The American Frugal Housewife, an 1838 self-help classic by Lydia Maria Francis Child.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love a good brunch. I hate attention, and being photographed.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I’m good to go as long as I don’t run out of outfit permutations (I am never going to run out of outfit permutations, so it looks like I’m good to go).
8: What is your favorite color?
The color of my face when I cry.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I had several superhero encyclopedias when I was a child and my favorite page was in the Spiderman almanac for a tough-as-nails mercenary named Silver Sable. She had silver hair and a silver body suit.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
It’s all about Goosebumps Wednesdays at Work in Progress at 34 Vandam Street. I’m hosting and I will take care of you.
11: What turns you on?
Have you ever heard the song “Oops (Oh My)” by Tweet?
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were
the one asking?
What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were
the one asking?
Hari Nef is a student, performance artist, nightlife brat, covert rap diva, anguished aesthete, and an empress of pastiche living in New York City. Splitting his time between studies uptown at Columbia and his downtown performance and nightlife work, Hari Nef is primed to become the next Hannah Montana (he gets the best of both worlds). As an artist, performer, and academic, Hari strives to stage new aesthetic and sociocultural dialogues in relation to gender, technology, fashion, body mechanics, class discrepancy, and the politics of taste.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Hadar Pitchon
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Hari Nef in Bushwick, 2012, Photography by Hadar Pitchon