The Dandy Lion Project, Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

The exhibition, hosted by Brighton Photo Biennial at the Brighton University Gallery, seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture.  This project features portraits of black young men who defy stereotype and our understanding of masculinity within the Black community.  It intersects class, ideology, ethnicity and style.

Black Dandy Lion
Dandy Lion Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The subjects are all black men yet they are diverse in ethnicity.  They are photographed in in city-landscapes across three continents in a mix of Victorian fashions and traditional African fabrics.  The project is not specific to locations or communities and acts as a visual counter argument to what has previously been embraced by the mainstream.  The exhibition provokes and celebrates and is beautifully presented.

Dandy Lion Project
Dandy Lion Project