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Racism, homophobia, and images of desire: Depictions of queer black men in 1980s film and photography

CW: Racism, Homophobia, Erotic/Pornographic Photography. This article contains explicit images.

In this article I analyse the work of two artists in the 1980s and consider how queer black men were portrayed in art in the 1980s, with a specific look at how desire is depicted. I am focusing on the film Looking for Langston 1989 by Isaac Julien (born 1960), a black-British filmmaker who identifies as gay, and considering this in relation to Black Book 1986 by white gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989).

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Friendly Conversations About Art: Dominic Powell talks to me about Ballet Mécanique

In this series, I will be getting people to pick an artwork, tell me about it, and have a conversation. Through this series, I aim to make talking about art more fun, casual, and accessible to those without an arts background.

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Blue: Derek Jarman, the AIDS crisis, and the trouble of public narrative

CW: AIDS crisis, homophobia, death, discussion of suicide (paragraph 4)

Blue 1993 is a highly personal and intimate film. It is a heartbreakingly honest account of someone knowingly reaching the end of their life as they slowly and painfully lose the battle against AIDS. The film consists entirely of a single colour, International Klein blue, and a blurred figure is occasionally seen. The script is read aloud over the blue screen.

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