The Six Oh Nine Project S. Bola Okoya, Albert Matlock III, Fatima Agosto

It’s harder to describe the Six Oh Nine Project than to feel its clear, confident aesthetic. While still students at the College of New Jersey, two native Trentonians, S. Bola Okoya and Albert Matlock III, had the idea of a creative collaboration inspired by city life that would span multiple mediums and combine the emotion of visual art with the creative intent of product merchandising. Their pop-up shops have been revelatory: a full experience featuring photographs, paintings, garments, and refurbished furniture, all created or curated by young Trenton-area creatives – deeply Trenton, yet with the vibe of having breezed in from New York or London or who-cares-where. In the Six Oh Nine Project’s quarterly Photowalk around parts of the city, Trenton looks like the sort of city you find in high-end lifestyle magazines.

“We articulate the history and culture of Trenton through an authentic and modern voice,” says Albert. The vision is for the Six Oh Nine Project to ultimately become a studio that discovers, highlights, and supports local artists; for now, the team is working from opposite sides of the country (Albert moved to LA for a job). We are excited to see what they do next. In a context where so many talk about what Trenton has been or will be, the Six Oh Nine Project embodies what Trenton already is.

Photographed by Bentrice Jusu in downtown Trenton.

See more of the Six Oh Nine Project’s work at their website and on Facebook and Instagram.

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