These individuals, some of whom identify as men and others who identify as non-binary, present a range of Black masculinity that embraces the inclusion of a femme aesthetic through the adornment of flowers. Historically, Black masculinity in the United States has been depicted as aggressive, violent, and hypermasculine. For gay, bisexual, or gender non-conforming Black people designated male at birth, engagement with femininity is often only acknowledged when it is presented as over-the-top, mimicry of women. Darryl DeAngelo Terrell does not conform to racial and/or gender expectations with these tender, color saturated portraits. Rather they let the light find the subjects in the darkness, brightened by the donning of flowers to illustrate a Black masculinity defined by joy, reverence, and gentleness.
From the 2022 exhibition Femme is Fierce: Femme Queer Gender Performance in Photography, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography
SART 30.01/SART 75.01, Photography II/III, Eva O'Leary, Fall 2022
WGSS 10.01, Sex, Gender, and Society, Francine A'Ness, Fall 2022
Writing Program 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023
Writing Program 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2.01, Introduction to Queer Studies, Eng-Beng Lim, Winter 2023
Femme is Fierce: Femme Queer Gender Performance in Photography, Class of 1967 gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 1-December 17, 2022.
The artist, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Detroit, Michigan; sold to present collection, 2022.
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