Updates on Blankhood

The exhibition is up and the artist talk was well received. Currently producing a remastered version of the artist talk, since the broadcast had ended abruptly. Everyone involved in the broadcast will receive a high definition copy of the talk. Thank you to everyone who participated, and if you have not been to the exhibition, come visit before the end of the 17th. 

Influence of Gender identity on youth through entertainment

Colin Stokes brings up another point in gender identity and the influence film and entertainment has in our cultures. Checkout the video below and tell me what you think.

A piece on Contrera from Huffington Post

A while ago, Contrera met with someone from the Huffington Post to interview about what Contrera’s work is about and its progress. Here is a “Part 1” of the interview.


Nicholas Contrera


More about Joshua Rashaad McFadden

Once more I have the pleasure to have a colleague and friend, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, to join me on this exhibition. As mentioned before, Joshua Rashaad McFadden is in Atlanta best artist whose work focused on civil rights and social justice. Specifically, McFadden focused his work on the theme of black identity in American culture. This overall concept is embodied in his past three bodies of work. One focusing on colourism, another on Selma, and his recent body of work which relates to the masculine identity of black males and their “father figure” influences.

Recently, McFadden has been exhibited in exhibitions in New Jersey and has several more being shown in Munich, Germany. His recent body of work, come to self hood, had one the international Photography award in late 2016. It won first place in the people and family category. McFadden was also written in time magazine and was recognized by them as one of the 12 African-American photographers you should know. McFadden has pursued to establish his career in the past five years through these bodies of work and per Syse to further a Stabley Schomann himself in the final hearts world. 

Through his past merits, McFadden was also awarded several awards both national and international and was recognized by LensCulture as the “top 50 emerging talent in the world” in 2015.

His current series, come to self-worth, is an exploration and reflection upon the identities of black man in the process in which they go through to achieve their identities. Hey series of portraits of the individual black male subjects are complemented with images of either their fathers or father figures who have been an inspiration and a major influence to them achieving their identities. In each comparison, there is a written essay from the subject describing the father figure in some capacity. Each one is not only different in nature but also addresses a different question from a series of questions the subject had taken in a survey before being photographed.

The image and portrail of black men in media has improved from its initial presentation earlier in the 20th century, however, the overall image of the black male has been short of respectful in some arguments. McFadden six to bring attention to not only the positive imagery of black men through their fathers but also read the racks are attention to what defines a man and what is “the ideal black man “.

More about Nicholas Joseph Contrera

The concept of American Landscape is largely determined by one’s own life experiences. My American Landscape is undoubtedly shaped by the diverse characters that that surround me: artists, drag queens, performers, vagabonds. Turning my camera to a diversity of subjects, particularly those entrenched in New York City’s vibrant and often decadent club scene, my work investigates the fluidity of sexuality and self. What is more American then freedom of self expression? In this series, I follow a group of friends during the summer months that not only express themselves without apology but also have found a sense of community with each other.

Nicholas Joseph Contrera

“The Fluidity of Sexuality and Self”

YPA Staff

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What defines manhood?

McFadden’s recent work focuses on selfhood, the sense of agency that the individual has made for himself. How does an individual develop an identity when another identity is pressed on them.  As his newest collection is gaining attention in the arts community,  The age old question still  re-asked , what makes a man, or woman? “

Below are a few articles written on the matter.

What it means to be young, black, and male in the U.S. – Jordan G. Teicher