A Mother and Son United by Love and Art: Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas at TEDWomen 2017


An art school teacher once disclosed to Deborah Willis that she, as a lady, was taking a spot from a good man – however, the storied photographer says she rather made a space for a good man, her son Hank Willis Thomas. In this moving talk, the mother and son artists depict how they draw from each other in their work, how their craft challenges standard stories about black life and black joy, and how, eventually, everything comes down to love.

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