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Dandy Lion Photo Exhibition: Defying Stereotypical Notions of “Black masculinity” Through Fashion

Harness Hamese For every strong woman, there are strong men – Khumbula, 2014, - See more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/news/dandy-lion-rearticulating-black-masculine-identity-museum-of-contemporary-photography-chicago/#slide1
Harness Hamese For every strong woman, there are strong men – Khumbula, 2014

A documentary on Black Dandyism aired last week and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago will soon launch an exhibition, ”Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity”, which will be the first comprehensive exhibition to shine its spotlight on young men in Diaspora who defy stereotypical and monolithic notions of “Black masculinity” through the way they dress.

It will feature works of over 25 photographers and filmmakers, including Terence Nance, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Sierra Leonean New York based photographer Adama Delphine Fawundu, Mozambique’s Cassi Amanda Gibson, Namibian style guru Loux The Vintage Guru, Johannesburg photographer Harness Hamese, Gentleman Of Bacongo photographer Daniele Tamagni, and Rog Walker (who shot Solange’s wedding portraits).

“Juxtaposed against an urban backdrop, the ‘hip hop’ generation’s Black Dandy is noticeably different from the historical minstrel or Harlem Renaissance queer prototype. The 21st century Black Dandy’s sartorial choices are an expression of the African aesthetic rather than an imitation of European high-brow society. Using their self-fashioned bodies as sites of resistance, contemporary Black dandies are complicating modern narratives of what it means to be Black, masculine and fashionable today.”

 Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis, will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago from April 6 to July 12, 2015.

Barima Owusu-Nyantekyi photographed by Rose Callahan in London on March 24, 2013

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Russell K. Frederick, Alanzo, 2010 Black and white silver gelatin print
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Kia Chenelle, The Waiting Man I, 2013, Archival Print
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Daniele Tamagni, Sapeurs posing in front of Memorial Savorgnan de Brazz, Brazzaville, 2008
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Harness Hamese, Lourens Gebhardt – Fixed Eyes II, 2014, Archival Print
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Russell K. Frederick, Kingsley, 2010 Black and white silver gelatin print
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Harness Hamese, Give thanks to thoughtful hands – Bafana Mthembu and Andile Biyana of Khumbula, 2013
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Hanif Abdur-Rahim, Ubiquitous SWAG, 2010
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Allison Janae Hamilton, Tell me no tales, 2013
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Daniele Tamagni, Dixy, London, 2009
Iké Udé photographed by Rose Callahan in NYC on May 1, 2013
Rose Callahan, Iké Udé in His Studio, New York City

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