Grant Summary
Fellowship.
Keywords
Artist Statement
I am interested in the possibilities that can emerge by inviting Black and Brown TLGBQIA+ individuals to participate in the photographic process, and to collectively shift the positionality of dominant narratives in photography by examining the importance of legacy, self-empowerment, emotional justice, protection, and topophilia. The approach centers the intimacy built and nurtured between a person and a place. Due to the lack of consensual space for Queer and Trans bodies within image-making, I propose conversations about the ways images can travel through a public domain and what it means to be at home in your body and feelings. The sitter will retain the copyright to their legacy. The time carved out enables more empathetic and intentional participation on both sides, and activates the many ways of what it can mean to be seen, loved, and cared for when you have your photograph taken. 
  • my name is my name iii 2018, Texas Isaiah, Digital Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Andrew (The Altar) 2018, Texas Isaiah, Digital Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Koco (The Altar) 2018, Texas Isaiah, Digital Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Saturn 2016, Texas Isaiah, Digital Photography. Courtesy of the artist.