This Instagram Account Compares Young Thug To Historical Paintings
At just 22 years old, student Hajar Benjida has already amassed thousands of followers on what essentially started out as a last minute idea for a school assignment. Though the account does nothing more than compare images of Young Thug to some of history’s most revered works of art, the precision with which each image is matched to highlight Thugger’s unique sense style, his music and nuanced approach to gender fluidity, and the wealth of historical references Hajar explores, makes it one of the greatest visual projects we’ve seen in some time. Here, we meet the magical mind behind the meme to talk mentors, music, and old masters.
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“It was a last minute school project idea. We had to go to a museum and be inspired by someone’s way of working. I drew inspiration from this artist who researched thousands of selfies of other people, and based on that, he made the ultimate guide to the perfect selfie. I had so many photos of Young Thug on my phone, so I just looked through them all and found some combinations. I actually had no idea what to do for this assignment until I came up with this the night before class and presented my idea in a PowerPoint in the morning. It’s the perfect combination of two of my favourite things: hip hop and classical art,” Hajar told i-D.