Exhibition Review: Mixtapes, Hip Hop’s Lost Archive

My recent exhibition entitled: Mixtapes, Hip Hop’s Lost Archive was covered by Urbanology magazine.  Remembering the Mixtape by Britnei Bilhete was recently published online, check it out below.

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Mark V. Campbell

Remembering the Mixtape: Toronto DJ/Academic Mark Campbell aims to ensure younger generations know their hip-hop history


A hundred cassette cases in grid formation are suspended delicately from nails in the studio of Toronto’s Gallery 918. From afar the tape covers create one image: a young Black boy holding up a boom box pendant hanging from a necklace. Across the room there’s an archived photograph of early Canadian hip-hop royalty — the first female emcee to sign with a major U.S. label – Michie Mee. She’s smiling radiantly gazing down at a disco ball.

Mixtapes: Hip-Hop’s Lost Archive exhibition presented by North Side Hip Hop (NSHH) Archive, a digital archival website, mixes new creations with recovered memories. It marks the fourth hip-hop art exhibit curated by the NSHH’s founding director Dr. Mark V. Campbell, a senior research associate at Ryerson University who specializes in Afro-diasporic theory and culture, Canadian hip-hop, and has been a longstanding campus radio personality/DJ. The website debuted six years ago in an effort to educate younger generations on the history of hip-hop.

“All of the stories you hear today about [Canada now] emerging and coming onto the scene and being put on the map — these are the stories that this kind of exhibition needs to argue against because the history is here,” says Campbell.

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