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Ajamu

Ajamu is a London-based artist and cultural activist working predominately with the Black male body through portraits, self-portraits and studio-based constructed imagery. His work has been shown in many prestigious galleries, museums and alternative spaces around the world including: Neuberger Museum (NYC), Tropen Museum (Amsterdam), Leslie Lohman Lesbian and Gay Art Museum (NYC), Neus Gallery (Austria), Schirn Kunstalle (Germany), Foto Institute (Rotterdam), Pinacoteca Do Estado (Sao Paulo) and Guildhall Art Gallery (London).

Khalil West

Khalil West is a writer, sex-worker, cultural activist and curator originally from Jersey City, NY, now based in Manchester, UK. He founded Chew disco in 2009, a Liverpool and Machester club night and art project that combines DIY music, queerfeminist and anti-racist activism, video and performance art. As a freelance curator Khalil West is currently working with Liverpool’s Homotopia Festival, where his role expands on previous research concerned withi identity and representation, and art from ‘raced’ and/or non-binary queer persepctives.

I Am For You Can Enjoy

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Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30pm–11:00pm
Marilyn Brewer Community Space
235 Queens Quay West
Saturday, February 10, 2018
12:00pm–11:00pm
Marilyn Brewer Community Space
235 Queens Quay West

North American debut!

An ongoing collaboration between Khalil West and Ajamu centred on race, visibility, (gay) respectability politics, sexual agency, commodity, pleasure and liberation, I Am For You Can Enjoy constitutes a counter-narrative to traditional products of erotic labour documentary and conceptions of queer Black men and sex workers based in shame, victimhood, degradation, social/sexual irresponsibility, and pathology, interrogating not only the position of raced bodies and sex workers in the normative LGBT framework of success-vs-failure, but by extension of the value of the framework itself.

Funded and supported by Arts Council England, Homotopia, Contact, and FACT

Presented in partnership with The Black Daddies Club and Musagetes

The Black Daddies Club

Visual Arts
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