#queerafricanrising is an ongoing portrait series and ethnographic project. Using social media platforms like Instagram and twitter, and my own social networks, I paint portraits of individuals who identify as both queer and African in poses and settings where they feel “beautiful/powerful/queer.” As a part of the process, we have semi-structured conversations about our experiences navigating the intersection of Africaness and queerness.

The goal of this project is to create a record of the thoughts, feelings, and preoccupations of queer Africans. With this series I also seek to create a site of queer beauty, intimacy and vulnerability.

Rayh, gouache on paper, 24 x 36 inches, 2019

Rayh, gouache on paper, 30 x 21 inches, 2019

Marie,gouache on paper, 30 x 21 inches, 2019

Valerie, gouache on paper, 30 x 21, 2019

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