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Tony Whitfield

Various Infatuations | 15′ x 5′ x 2″ | Digital photograph archival print | 2018


Artist Statement 

Tony Whitfield’s work begins with the material culture that shapes or details compelling stories of his life and the contexts in which he has lived. Whitfield understands his perceptions of all aspects of his experience, as he reflects them, as “self-portraits.” Whether produced in solitude or with others, as Whitfield CoLabs, Whitfield creates contexts that present and interpret aspects of urban experience that illuminate social change, through the lens of queer and underrepresented lives. Through collaboration with artists, designers, technicians and organizations that engage these populations, narratives are developed and presented in multiple media to engender greater understanding of the histories, humanity, contradictions and transcendence of lived cultural phenomena. 

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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.