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Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

B00-Yaw! | 60″ x 60″ | Jacquard | 2019

Artist Statement 

Worldbuilding is a major part of my practice, I think about the journey to the worlds I envision, within I prioritize the black queer black femme perspective, I prioritize a type of black liberation that is void in this present space, I Prioritize a land was once ours being our once more. I oftentimes find myself asking questions as they pertain to my intersecting black identities (that being, Black, queer, non-binary, poor, disabled…), they have all existed in context to “Power”; who has it?, who takes it away?, who is it given to?, how can I/We gain it?. 
By way of photography, video, writing, performance, and sound I explore the ways in which black people are affected by the powers that be. I explore what it would be to remove us from the now, and place in elsewhere, how rituals and folklore can aid us on this journey to a liberated black space, that grants us ownership. Influenced by the stories of Zora Neale Hurston’s, “Mule and Men”, Toni Morrison’s “Songs of Solomon”, by Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, House Music, and the storytelling that is Soul HipHop music. As well as from my observation of my community of bold, radical queer, fighting black people.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Cass Cafe
M Contemporary

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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.