In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity,” at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP).

"The two-gallery exhibition of photography explores the construct of Black masculinity, through the lenses of 55 women and non-binary photographers of African descent. Through an array of photographic genres including documentary, fashion, portraiture and conceptual, these image makers share interpretations, observations and their own experiences concerning the notions of Black men, masculinity, sexuality and gender identity.

In Conversation asks the visitors to reconsider their preconceived notions about Blackness and masculinity. The exhibitions give a glimpse into each photographer’s ongoing series or collection of images creating a vast representation of Black male hood. The photographs in this exhibition reveal the image maker’s attempt to push the conversations and views of Black male hood beyond the simplicity of its stereotypes.

This exhibition is guest-curated by MFON co-founders Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu."


The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, Curated by Antwaun Sargent

"The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents fifteen artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power."

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