Location: New York, NY, United States
I challenge the systemic placement in society and the framing of the Black body by using my own. I photograph myself because I am not thin or white and my lived experience is not heterosexual. Black, gay men, appear throughout the work as sitters, lovers, helpers, or even shadows. Themes and issues of race, class, sexuality, gender, love, and intimacy fuel my image making. These themes pull in a diverse audience through the framework of desire. To make history I have the privilege to create, inspire, and challenge the world we live in.
Agitating comfortability and implementing notions and nuances of Black and queer perspectives is one of my goals. I critique the, predominantly, straight history of art and the systemic oppression of Black bodies. I want to continue to share my work on various platforms and social levels to reveal and control the narrative. Accessibility to my work is important to me. I want young Black and gay kids in the South, and everywhere else, who fear for their lives growing up, to see my work. I want the beauty of my work to trigger ideas about the deeper issues of life. I look to my own Black and gay experience and the experiences of others to make the invisible visible. Topics about domesticity, love, stigmas around sex, white supremacy, police brutality need to continue to inspire the communities affected.