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  • Fighting stereotypes through fashion
  • Fighting stereotypes through fashion
    L. Kasimu Harris (2013) ©
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The Dandy Lion Project: redefining black masculinity

The Dandy Lion Project is a photographic exhibition depicting young black men in flamboyant styles of dress. Amid reductive media representation and heightened racial tensions in the US, it aims to show that being a well dressed black man can be political, oppositional and therapeutic.

Location Northern Europe / North America

Scope
The Dandy Lion Project is a critically acclaimed travelling photography exhibition which, having begun in the US in 2010, made its UK debut at the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2016. Shot in urban settings worldwide, it depicts modern black dandies – well dressed black men in stylish and often flamboyant outfits. Using the African aesthetic and swagger as a baseline, their outfits incorporate classical European elements to create provocative, subversive looks.

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