Black Masculinities: Creating Emotive Utopias Through Photography
New visions and possibilities for Black masculinity through the lenses of 28 international photographers
In Black Masculinities, clichés of Black identity and masculinity are deconstructed and remade with exhilarating flexibility and imagination through the lenses of 22 Black photographers from around the world. Deeply embedded in histories of slavery, racism and oppression, Black masculinity is often mediated as aggressive, hypersexual and violent. Here, Swiss author, artist and editor Joshua Amissah compiles work that contributes to a wider spectrum of Black masculinities. By doing so, he writes, "[the photographers] are also questioning the narratological function of race and gender in visual culture as a whole … the stereotyped entanglement of ‘Black identity’ and ‘masculinity’ is visually deconstructed, partly reproduced and, more importantly, charged with a new set of values."
Photographers include: Kemka Ajoku, Kwaku Alston, Namafu Amutse, Eric Asamoah, Nuits Balnéaires, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Braylen Dion, Kofi Duah, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Jabari Jacobs, Kelvin Konadu, Jude Lartey, Naomi Mukadi, Maganga Mwagogo, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Ruby Okoro, RogersOuma, Micha Serraf, Ngadi Smart, Isaac West, Jozef Wright, and Ussi’n Yala.