Image 3 by Immaculata Abba

Immaculata Abba Q&A

To me, the black gaze is one of the many gazes on the margins of photography’s history so far and the margins of mainstream western art institutions.

The black gaze in particular is one that is also a vital means through which black people are able to represent our cultures and understandings of the world.

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Image 2 by Beresford Hodge

Beresford Hodge Q&A

For the best part we all have the ability to look and not truly see. To engage others requires a platform, a means to open visual debate and hone our skills via collaboration, to think and act in the context of we and us and not me, myself and I. No one is the finished article, we are all a work in progress. This is what the Black Gaze means to me and why it matters.

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Image 1 by Jada Imani M

Jada Imani M Q&A

The Black gaze is the way Black people see ourselves and the outside world. Because of the intersections within our community, this can vary based on gender, sexuality, and skin tone. As a Black woman, I use my work to show viewers the various ways I see myself and my community.

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Image 4 by Julien James

Julien James Q&A

To simply put it, the Black gaze is a perspective. It’s the manner in which Black people globally see and perceive their day to day life, their community, and the world at large. Perspectives, in general, are critical for painting a more complete picture. The Black perspective is one that has globally been ignored.

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