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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.

Saleem Reshamwala (Kid Ethnic)

Saleem Reshamwala is a Durham, NC-based mediamaker. Recent awards include an Emmy-nomination for his work on implicit bias while at the New York Times, and Best Music Video at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem (for G Yamazawa’s  “NorthCack”). He’s documented hip hop in Croatia, Morocco, Senegal, Ethiopia, Fiji, Panama and the Democratic Republic of Congo and has studied, worked, or hung out in fifty countries.

Tarish Pipkins (Jeghetto)

Tarish holding a puppet he made of Missy Elliot

Tarish Pipkins a.k.a. Jeghetto is a self taught artist and has been creating art from a very young age. He moved to North Carolina in 2005 where he launched his career in Puppetry, fine-tuning his skills by doing street performances. In 2008 he started working with Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure to work with national recording artist, Missy Elliott on her music video, WTF ( Where They From) controlling the Pharell puppet and doing some puppet building. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of Puppetry.

To see what we have in mind for this residency, check out this video for Durham’s own G. Yamazawa. Saleem and Tarish have collaborated the project in 2019. Tarish built and operated the puppets and Saleem directed and edited the film.

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