Glitterboy adds sparkle to the 2018 Contact Photography Festival
If you didn’t already know, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival is happening all over the city for an entire month starting May 1. It’s a super unique festival that sees photography exhibited in galleries, building, on walls, murals … literally, all over the city.
Floating just above all the other great works is one show we highly recommend you go out of your way to see: Glitterboy, by NYC-based artist Quil Lemons.
The images are stunning. They stop you in your tracks and, according to Lemons (who is 20
years old!?), are meant to showcase “young black men dusted with glitter to combat identity
stereotypes and the policing of black masculinity.”
“This theme has been tiptoed around for far too long,” Lemons says, in an interview with
500px, a Toronto-based online photography community. “It’s strange to me that black men
embracing femininity is viewed as taboo. I had a feeling that I wasn’t the only one who felt that way, so I wanted to take charge and speak on it.”
Glitterboy can be seen at the 500px headquarters (20 Duncan Street, at Adelaide) for the entire month of May. Some of our favourite images (without giving too much away) are below.