CHE KOTHARI, NOISEY & MANIFESTO present In Conversation With…Ernie Paniccioli
About Ernie Paniccioli:
Regarded by most to be the premier “Hip-Hop photographer in America”, Paniccioli first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop. From Grandmaster Flash at the Roxy (a popular Manhattan nightclub of the late 70’s and early 1980s), to the athletic moves of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, to the fresh faces of Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, and Lauren Hill. Paniccioli has been in the forefront documenting the greatest cultural movement since Rock and Roll in the 1950s. A true renaissance man, Paniccioli is also a painter, public speaker, and historian. He has also photographed a number of popular figures beyond Hip Hop, such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.; Britney Spears; and Ricky martin, to name a few.
About Che Kothari:
Artist, photographer, director, producer, organizer, and instigator, Chetan Kothari, more affectionately known as “Che”, brings an army of energy towards anything he creates. Beginning as a portrait and events photographer in Toronto, Che has had intimate portrait sessions with the likes of Ziggy Marley, Ice Cube (NWA), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Zaki Ibrahim, Common, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Sizzla, Afrika Bambaataa, K’naan, Erykah Badu, Nas, k-os, Shad, and several others. Che’s work as a leader, creator, and visionary is rooted in culture, opportunity, change, positivity, and love.
About “In Conversation with…":
Manifesto’s “In Conversation with...” is an ongoing series that presents unique one on one conversations with people the organization and its community share reverence for. It offers a rare opportunity to go beyond the quotes and one of a kind performances to facilitate intimate and interactive dialogues with artists, activists, and public figures that offer a perspective that embodies the spirit and values of Manifesto. To date the series has featured the likes of Jonathan Mannion, Saul Williams, DJ Renegade, Kevin Powell, Joey Badass, Donisha Prendergast (granddaughter of Rita & Bob Marley), Jhene Aiko, and Yuna, amongst others.
When & Where
Toronto based Photographer, Director, Producer, Organizer, Instigator, & Artist, Chetan Kothari affectionately known as “Che” brings an army of energy towards anything he creates. Beginning as a portrait and events photographer in Toronto, Che has had intimate portrait sessions with the likes of Ziggy Marley, Ice Cube of NWA, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Zaki Ibrahim, Common, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Afrika Bambaataa, K’naan, Erykah Badu, Nas, k-os, Shad, and many others as personal work as well as for covers of magazines and publications. Che’s work as a visual artist and creator led him to co-founding Hightop Studio in 2001 with his business partner and long time friend Ryan Paterson. Although Che had ample opportunity to focus solely on photography he knew he had a responsibility to do more. Through all his work and contributions to the cultural landscape of Toronto and the world, he is determined to make a difference in his community in hopes that emerging and established artists will shape and follow his lead.