Paint & Polish: Cultural Economy and Visual Culture from the West Side

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Onomatopee office and project-space, Feb 17, 2017 - Beauty operators - 104 pages
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Paint & Polish finds visual inspiration in the microeconomic culture of Hispanic and African-American nail artists living in the Northwest Side of Chicago. Thriving on its own terms, their economy shares joy equally between client and producer. Jackie Blue, Loretta Gonzalez, Alexis, Yara Fernandez and Glynnus Alexander make up the core group of shop owners; the community of salons comprises mothers and daughters who have found long-term financial stability through craftsmanship and entrepreneurship. Included in this striking softcover volume are oral histories, conversations with the nail artists, and their portraits by Chicago based photographer Helen Maurene Cooper (b,1980). Inspired by these sources

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