45 DOAS : 23.12.2013

STARTED on the 16th of November 2013, I – Divvya Nirula, brought you “45 DAYS OF ART STORIES” the Below Post was first Published on 23.12.2013

David LaChappelle – Visual Artist, not, Comedian

I decided, to stick to the Chirstmas inspired posts, and go briefly back a decade, and look at David LaChappelle’s “Jesus is my Homeboy” series.


The tag line, a phrase, an ideology, a message and salvation – Jesus is my Homeboy – has a power beyond race colour or creed. To know the original story behind this powerful phrase, go to http://www.jesusismyhomeboy.com/the_story

Today as I look at Artist David LaChappelle’s series “Jesus is my Homeboy”, I see an artistic commentary that takes this essentially urban-religious-saviour-story, and puts a visual language that is very L.A. It is modern, contemporary, sexual and highlights the trash-glam factor that is synonymous with L.A., California –  and asks the viewer to re-act, to judge.

What has to be said and has to be felt is at the doorstep of the Viewer…need I say more?


My Inspiration : A 90s child myself, this series was very much referenced throughout platforms that were my cultural go-tos. Chapelle collaborated with Musicians and Artists alike, to bring his creations to life. You could not escape it, or his influence. Hence, I decided to revisit his “Jesus is my Homeboy”. 


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