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Christopher Cushman

Victor with Red Flower | 12″ x 18″ | Archival print | 2020

Artist Statement

Christopher Cushman’s work responds to the inequities and inequalities that have been accepted by other white photographers: their desire to transform the black male into a numbed art object. In a world where whites are being asked to shed their privilege as a first step towards greater equality, it is vital that white photographers combat the negative aspects of the white gaze. For more than 30 years Christopher Cushman has approached this issue by stepping out of the creative control hierarchy of Photographer over Model. By establishing a safe and comfortable environment that allows the model full agency, he has worked collaboratively with his co-artists, to create images that speak to them first and foremost. Taking this one step further, he shares the financial outcome from the sales of his work with each participant. His methodology strives to equalize the photographic process and remove barriers created by Otherness.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Galerie Camille
Norwest Gallery

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @epiphanynoir

MR/QD Is Made Possible BY

Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.