Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Works for the Now, by Queer Artists of Color

Devan Shimoyama’s “Grandmother’s Blessing” (2019).Courtesy of the artist
As the country wraps up Pride Month and continues to contend with ongoing violence against queer and BIPOC communities, it’s paramount that voices from those communities are heard. Not all artists are activists, of course, but they are all keen observers, ones who invite the viewer to consider their way of seeing things, whether their chosen subject is as expansive as prison reform or as singular as their own sense of self. Each work tells a story, and here, we’ve asked 15 queer artists of color to elaborate on theirs. (Look for a coming compilation of works by queer Indigenous artists in the weeks ahead.) [More]
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.’s “Oftentimes, justice for black people takes the form of forgiveness, allowing them space to reclaim their bodies from wrongs made against them.” (2018).Credit...Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York