Fierce: Portraits of Young Black LGBTQ People

Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu.

Acclaimed London-based photographer, Ajamu, presents a series of portraits of under-35 predominantly Black British-born LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) people.”

Fierce consists of 25 Platinum / Palladium prints along with a short film exploring what it means to be young, Black and LGBTQ in contemporary Britain.”

“Julius Reuben ~ Model” by Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu.

“The last exhibition, FIERCE, which ran from 1 February to 14 April, brings together powerful images of young Black artists, activists, poets and cultural producers by Ajamu, who has been involved in the Black and Minority LGBTQ communities for over 20 years. Ajamu’s work challenges dominant ideas on black masculinity, gender, sexuality and representation, and explores issues of diversity, community and difference within a wide range of cultural and social spaces including galleries, museums, archives, and health and social care settings.”

“Phoenix ~ Musician” by Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu

“‘There is a paucity of celebratory, distinctive and aspirational images across the UK, which reflect the richness and diversity of the Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) lived experience. My new body of work seeks to capture a new generation of Black and proudly out young, emerging and established talent from within of the Black LGBTQ community,’ says Ajamu.”

“Fierce-s” by Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu

“A member of the Black Photographers’ Association since 1990, Ajamu’s work and curatorial projects have been exhibited in a wide range of venues and art galleries, including the Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow), Neuberger Museum of Art (New York), Maison Européene de la Photographie (Paris), Streetlevel Photoworks (Glasgow), Pinacoteca Do Estado (São Paulo) and the City of London-run Museum in Docklands (London).”

If there was a Nobel Prize for Queer photographers in the world, Ajamu would be one of the recipients. He is a living legend that deserves to be celebrated. We thank him for all the contributions he has made in the Art world, but most importantly for redefining our ‘queer lives’ using photography as a medium of art-I-curation..Ngiyabonga!’
Zanele Muholi

"Fierce-p" by Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu

"Fierce-i" by Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu

To read the article by City of London, visit “Out, proud and FIERCE: City of London art gallery celebrates young Black gay talent“.
To view Ajamu’s FIERCE gallery, visit Ajamu Fine Art Photography.

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