"I am interested in using photography as a starting point to interrogate established social systems, labels and separation within the contemporary Ghanaian context and of the people that live outside of these systems one way or the other.
Who makes up a majority and when does one consider him/herself a part of a minority. Are people who live outside of these systems necessarily minorities? What are the intersectionalities between the two and how do the people found outside of these perceived social systems negotiate their lives around the accepted routine. How consistent are the convictions of being in a majority and vice versa.
My first venture into this subject was on sexual identity. Through self-portraits, I began to explore the possible reasons why I considered myself a minority and whether that consideration was valid. I explored the idea of separation again, positioning myself as an in between, within the political and socio cultural space, of my country Ghana, who is still negotiating her way between the old and modernity, and the repercussions from these tensions. I created Asylum, figuratively as temporary safety while I still went on figuring out where I fit within that space." Eric Gyamfi on the series "Just Like Us" (2016) #ericgyamfi#ericgyamfiphotography#justlikeus#aperturefoundation#platformafrica#ghana#queer#queerrepresentation#commuity#pride
Hello all, @jesstdugan here, taking over the CWIP feed this week. Today, I'm sharing the last two of five images from my ongoing series "Every Breath We Drew" that are currently on their way to the Aperture Foundation (@aperturefnd) in New York City, where they'll be on display from July 14 - August 17, 2017 as part of the 2017 Aperture Summer Open exhibition, "On Freedom," curated by @forfreedoms. This is "Devotion" made in Boston, MA in 2012. All photographs courtesy of @edelmangallery.