Art & Photography

Fine and Dandy: Brighton Photo Biennial 2016

Andy Warhol curatorial fellow Shantrelle Lewis shares some images from her Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 show ‘The Dandy Lion Project’

First curated in New York in 2010, I created this platform not only in attempt to create discourse around modern black masculinity, but to celebrate well dressed black men. While many men wouldn’t identify themselves as ‘dandies’, they do connect with language that describes their status as dapper, sartorial, classic men.

The UK premiere of the series at the Brighton Photo Biennial further nuances the conversation with the addition of images of cis-gender, masculine of center, queer women, along with additional photographs by some internationally renowned photographers.

While I’m love with every single image in the show, I’d have to say that I’m most excited about Baudouin Moaunda’s photographs of the Congolese sapeur, British-Ghanaian photographer Arteh Odjidja’s Stranger in Moscow series and South African Harness Hamese’s images of the vintage clothing collective known as Khumbula. But I’m also just as enthused by the images taken by Daniele Tamagni, Omar Victor Diop, Rog and Bee Walker. Each image is simply just that fine and that dandy.

The Dandy Lion Project is on display at the University of Brighton Galleries on Edward Street, Brighton, UK, until 30 October 2016

Interview Jack Morrison