with Dirm Luawo
What is it like to live a mixed-culture life in America?
Dirm Luawo is currently a senior at Parsons
School of Design.
He is also a mentor for the Parsons Scholars Program which he
used to be a past student. Dirm has been in the Parsons
munity for almost six years now and that brings
to the first time I met him five years ago at the Parsons
Summer Program. He was the first Indonesian-American I met
in New York and so it was a really interesting and insightful
talk about the life of a mixed-culture kid living in America
and how that had shaped his thesis project. Tal-
king to Dirm
also taught me how a thesis project can be a self-critique
of our identities.
Transcript with visuals:
These are paintings that I did in junior year of high school. [...] You see this
in my thesis.
My thesis carries this project four years ago. It's just building on top of existing that I've done.
He saw from the camera what this was. He was like "Is that a tattoo?" I was like, "Umm no it's a
sharpie." Then he asked, "You know tattoo is haram right?"
I want to create a passport where you can write things in. [...] I want to make stickers that
people can put in there.