© Gabriel Garcia Roman

Mengwen Cao, Naima Green, Tara-Lynne Pixley, Charmaine Poh, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Ka-Man Tse, Brian Vu, Justin J. Wee, Elizabeth Wirija, Salgu Wissmath

A parallax is the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions.

By portraying individuals who occupy the intersection of queer embodiment and blackness/brownness, who defy the accepted binaries of gender and sexuality, these portraits provide a rare, alternate view of the contemporary queer experience.

This series of photographic and filmic portraits of queer people of color grows from a simple inquiry, a desire to envision the theoretical as material: What is queer? What experiences and bodies are obscured by certain notions of queerness writ large in the cultural imagination? To queer has gradually become an academic catchphrase, a call-to-arms, and an intervention intended to destabilize normalcy. Queer is many things to many people across various contexts. As such, the queer lived experience is beyond blurred. It now signals intersections of gender, sexuality, race, (dis)ability and various other modes of being. Yet, certain racial and gendered embodiments have achieved their own level of normalcy, rewriting what LGBTQIA is in their own image, adjusting the social lens to keep themselves primarily in focus.

The Lit List


Photoville 2018

Miranda Barnes, Dana Scruggs, Josue Rivas, Kayla Reefer, Mengwen Cao, Nichole Washington,Jessica Pettway, Kelly Marshall, Gabriella Angotti-Jones, Anthony Geathers, Sofia Jaramillo, Jared Soares, Maria Del Rio, Lucy Hewett, Arlene Mejorado, Carmen Chan, Carolina Hidalgo, Michael M. Santiago, Aundre Larrow, Shan Wallace, Eloisa Lopez, Rhynna M. Santos, Andrea Morales, Meron Menghistab, Sophia Nahli Allison, Aisha Mugo, Lynsey Weatherspoon, Shirley Yu, Maheder Haileselassie, Erika P. Rodriguez

This exhibition was curated from the winners of the inaugural THE LIT LIST, a list created by the Authority Collective, in partnership with Diversify.Photo, to highlight 30 talented photographers of color and other underrepresented identities.

A white, cisgender, heteronormative, patriarchal lens dominates our world’s visual histories, and it is this same lens that determines access and success in many industries, including photography and film. We are asserting our right to tell stories from our own communities, which have long been misrepresented and erased in visual media. And we are establishing our power to set standards that challenge colonial aesthetics, narratives and notions of success. We are reclaiming our authority as storytellers and image makers.

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