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My days start at 8 a.m. After meditation and yoga, I hop in the shower and use Sapor’s Ghanaian Exfoliating Bath Sponge — that baby cleans your body like nothing else — with Dr Teal’s Shea Butter & Almond Oil Body Wash. Marché Rue Dix in Crown Heights sells a Whipped Body Butter with castor oil, aloe vera and mango butter, which I apply after showering. It’s perfect, as I’m naturally very oily and a lot of products overdo it. When I’m shooting, I do a six-minute session with my Panasonic spa-quality Nano-Ionic Facial Steamer. It awakens my skin and creates the perfect glow. I like to follow that up with a mask — I’m currently using Gleamin’s Vitamin C Clay Mask with turmeric. Beauty routines change based on what I’m doing and wearing, but L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealer is a staple. I was always under the impression one needed to buy the most expensive concealer, but this one’s great for photo shoots since there’s no potential for glare. Fenty Beauty’s Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm is a classic — it feels so good and smooth. Day-to-day, I don’t do too much with my hair. My stylist loves to use Ampro Shine ’n Jam’s Conditioning Gel with extra hold, as well as Ro Hair Essentials’ Black Castor Oil Serum, which strengthens, moisturizes and stimulates growth. Fragrance-wise, I love Le Labo’s Santal 33. I feel like everyone started wearing it right after I found it. I usually combine it with essential oil to make it more personal — I have a set from Anjou and pick one based on my mood. Nails are always fun. If I’m wearing gels, they obviously don’t change as frequently, but I love neons.

This interview has been edited and condensed.


“I often feel that we all know everything already, we just tend to forget it,” says the Berlin-based writer and interdisciplinary artist Grada Kilomba in her video installation “A World of Illusions” (2017-19). In the work, Kilomba, a trained psychoanalyst originally from Brazil, retells three Classical myths essential to Freud — Narcissus, Antigone and Oedipus — as a way of exploring the colonial violence that haunts the present. Kilomba, who is of West African descent, describes her role in the film as that of a griot, a storyteller of the African oral tradition, while an ensemble of Black actors dance and mime, silently acting out the tales. The importance of remembrance is a key thread running through the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S., “Heroines, Birds and Monsters,” which marks the inaugural show at Amant, a new arts complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, opening this month. Prior to becoming an artist, Kilomba was a psychologist and scholar, gaining acclaim following the publication of her book “Plantation Memories” (2008), a collection of stories based on Black women’s experiences of everyday racism in Germany. In 2013, she adapted the book into a staged reading. From there, she has continued to bring her writings to audiences through multimedia performance and installation. In the fall, Amant will screen a filmed reading of “Plantation Memories” and host a live conversation between Kilomba and the sculptor Simone Leigh. “Heroines, Birds and Monsters” will be on view from July 10 through Oct. 31 at Amant, 315 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, New York, amant.org.


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