ARTICLE BY Boon Mark Souphanh
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All White No Hype header stan smith
All White No Hype header stan smith

‘Please Don’t Touch’ Celebrates Black British Heritage Through Sneakers

British filmmaker and sneaker enthusiast Courtney Salmon (from CS_Visuals) has created an expansive art project opening conversation around racism and colonialism. Harnessing the power of nostalgia, Salmon’s creative vehicle All White No Hype presents ‘Please Don’t Touch’, a modern-day celebration of Black British heritage that explores the parallels between the front room of the Windrush generation and sneaker culture.

Celebrating Black British heritage through the power of sneakers, the photographic exposé also tackles some of the negative hype demands surrounding current-day sneaker culture by championing timeless white sneakers like the adidas Stan Smith and Nike Air Force 1.

All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers,
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers
All White No Hype please dont touch sneakers

‘Through the use of photographic documentation, conceptualised photoshoots and filmmaking we want to immortalise the room,’ says Salmon. ‘We believe this will help illustrate how both past and present generations have contributed to society via a common thread that they both hold.’

Salmon is currently on the hunt to document any remaining front rooms, with the final aim to compile all findings into a book publication.

You can view the photography and read more about All White No Hype’s ‘Please Don’t Touch’ here.

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