I'm currently a final year Photography student, at Middlesex University, submitting images from quite a personal project I worked on earlier in 2017. I found Photography at a time when I felt the most silenced. I was going through depression and was unable to tell the people closest to me but Photography helped me find a language, a way of communicating. A mental illness can be very consuming but looking at, and taking photos eventually became the only thing I could do to escape my own mind. I want to create images that gives others the same comfort.
Project title and Statement:
"A letter to my Brothers"
We as a society have been confronted by images of police brutality and negative stereotypes of black men, especially in America. It is important to create, and publicise, positive and vulnerable representations of them in order to subvert the leading narrative.
Raped at the age of 4/5, in Nigeria, I developed some animosity towards black men. In an attempt to confront my anxiety about the black male figure, I chose to invite unknown subjects into my room and photograph them naked in a way that didn't intimidate me.
Artist: Jo Chukualim - http://jcphoto.co.uk/