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Dustin Thierry www.dustinthierry.com

Opulence

By 30-04-2019

Dustin Thierry: “My project ‘Opulence’ is an ode to my late brother and all people of Afro-Caribbean descent who still are not free to express their sexuality to their fullest.”

“To this day homosexuality is strongly stigmatized and condemned within the Caribbean community. Also, black people from the former colonies and the Caribbean islands in the Netherlands are increasingly racialised and objectified. This project seeks to break out of this dichotomy by portraying these subjects in unadorned, raw yet graceful portraits.”

“During the spring of 2018, I started documenting the Ballroom Scene in Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan and Paris. ‘Families’ or ‘chapters’ organise vibrant meetings that offer emancipatory possibilities of expression that relate to gender or race issues in a safe environment, where fashion and attitude mix with mutual understanding.”

Winner DuPho. SO Award 2019