Posts tagged black art.


Compendium: Selected Works By David Ibata // The Median, Washington, D.C., March 2014

photo © Danielle Scruggs

More photos here.

Missed the opening reception on 3/22? Fret not. Email us at to schedule an appointment to see David’s work. 

(via yodithnprogress)

Don’t let it be loneliness
that kills us.
If we must die
on the front line
let us die men
loved by both sexes.

Don’t let it be envy
that drives us
to suck our thumbs
or shoot each other dead
over snake eyes.

Let us not be dancing
with the wind
on heavy corners
tattered by doom.

Let us not accept
partial justice.
If we believe our lives
are priceless
we can’t be conquered.

If we must die
on the front line
don’t let loneliness
kill us.

essex hemphill, heavy corners (for joe). (via black-poetry)

In Performance: ‘Choir Boy’

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new play features the spiritual “Motherless Child,” sung by the cast members Kyle Beltran, Wallace Smith, Jeremy Pope, Nicholas L. Ashe and Grantham Coleman.

We don’t do well with polarity; if it’s gritty, it’s got to be dirty. If it’s glossy, it’s got to be clean. No, that’s not how we operate; while our life is dirty and gritty, we always try to keep it clean. Our parents’ and our grandparents’ generations are great examples of that.


“Foraging (asphixia version)”

Photograph, 2008

William Pope.L

Closer to my heart I - V (2005) | Only half the picture
Zanele Muholi 

Lambda print
600 x 800mm
edition of 8 + 2AP

Luwam I-IV, Toronto (2008) | Indawo Yami Exhibit 
Zanele Muholi

Silver Gelatin Print
Edition of 8 + 2AP

Indawo Yami, which means ‘my place’ or ‘my space’, continues to explore the implications of being black and queer through a range of different series and strategies. Being, a continuation of ongoing work, focuses on a quiet and tender celebration of love within the homosexual community, whether between mothers and sons, between lovers or between friends. In Beulahs Muholi uses Zulu beads and contemporary fashion accessories in presenting portraits of gay men that subvert common images of virginal beauty. In three new series she adds a performative element by casting herself in different roles, such as that of the beauty queen in Miss Lesbian. Muholi writes:

Indawo Yami is where I work, where I share an environment with others, where I act on the issues marking our lives through visual documentation. My focus is mainly on being queer (LGBTI) in South Africa and beyond. This is the realm in which I deal with my identity, as a citizen of my country and of the world.