Black in Denver is an art-based, ethnographic research project that investigates identity. The portraits are of unique individuals, both locals and transplants. The background colors are as vibrant and varied as the community here. Each color repeats intentionally, representing unity, interdependence, and interconnection. Series participants offer poignant, poetic, and revealing accounts of life in Denver, ranging from the importance of community building to Denver’s culture of authenticity to taking up space in an ever-evolving city.
This series supports and demonstrates the notion that Blackness, and identity in general, is not a monolith. In a society where Black people are often seen as homogenous, the artist hopes to challenge harmful stereotypes created by mass media, raise awareness about the power of being one’s self, and inspire the practice of self-inquiry.