Image: Loose Associations vol. 2 issue 3, designed by Sarah Boris.
Loose Associations is a quarterly publication from The Photographers’ Gallery offering a diverse set of reflections on photography and image culture. Loosely inspired by the gallery’s exhibition programme, the publication includes visual and text-based essays, artist pages, images, interviews, fictions and philosophies from a wide range of contributors.
This issue focuses on the performative and political use of dress in black culture. More specifically, how the adoption of a flamboyant or dandyesque style can be seen as a statement and strategy for (re)defining black masculinity and for asserting a provocative and fluid visibility that runs against common stereotypes.
Our point of departure is the exhibition, Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity, presented at The Photographers’ Gallery during the summer of 2016. Curated by writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, with TPG curator Karen McQuaid, it examines the position of the black dandy through the photographic work of a diverse group of artists and across a range of timeframes and territories: geographical, historical, social.