In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity

African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States
04 Oct 2019 - 01 Mar 2020

Melissa Alcena, (b. Nassau, Bahamas) Goombay Boys, Digital C-Print, 16x20 in, Courtesy of the Artist

Melissa Alcena, (b. Nassau, Bahamas) Goombay Boys, Digital C-Print, 16x20 in, Courtesy of the Artist

MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora presents, In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity

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.

Exhibiting photographers include: Adama Jalloh, Adreinne Waheed, Akhira Montague, Alyssa Pointer, Aysha Ray-Walker, Bre’Ann White, Cheriss May, Collette Fournier, Cydni Elledge, Dana Scruggs, Danielle ‘Jazz’ Noel, Deborah Willis, Delphine Diallo, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Etinosa Yvonne, Eurila Cave, Faith Couch, Fanta Diop, Felicita “Felli” Maynard, Intisar Abioto, Isabella Agbaje, Jaimie Milner, Jana Williams, Jen Strickland, Kennedi Carter, Kym Scott, Lola Flash, Lynsey N. Weatherspoon, Marilyn Nance, Melissa Alcena, Melissa Alexander, Michelle Agins, Michelle Kemei, Nailah Fumilayo Davis, Naomieh Jovin, Natalie Eddings, Nicole Najmah Abraham, Phobymo, Phylicia Ghee, Renee Cox, Sabine Ostinvil, Salimah Ali, Samantha Box, Sheila Pree Bright, Stephanie Mei-Ling, Susan Ross, Tolani Alli, Toni Black, Tracy Keza, Valda Nogueira, Victoria Ford, Yodith Dammlash, Zalika Azim and Zephyr Doles.

AAMP will be celebrating the opening of this exhibition with a reception on Friday, October 4th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.




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