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"Gender Fluid Study, Vulnerability" by Matthew Usukumah, Photography
"Gender Fluid Study, Vulnerability" by Matthew Usukumah, Photography
"Gender Fluid Study, Vulnerability" by Matthew Usukumah, Photography

"Gender Fluid Study, Vulnerability" by Matthew Usukumah, Photography

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DETAILS:

(Digital): 3.288 x 3.573

Photography

2020

Story/Description: “I learned something; Gender Fluidity is a perilously vulnerable act. Insecure individuals may see willingly-vulnerable people as a threat; A freed individual may expose a void in another. Survival, then, becomes necessary: Conform in public, but be yourself in welcomed settings. The result, unfortunately, is that one discounts themselves to protect insecure strangers from that void... Overcoming this paradox has to be a monumental task.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Instagram: @Usukumah

Website: www.usukumah.com

Matthew Usukumah

Matthew ventured into photography in 2017, focusing on fashion. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic started, he was compelled to explore concepts such as mental health, politics, race, and themes regarding the LGBTQ+ community.  Matthew explores these ideas via studio photography and photojournalism.

Creating a multitude of series to tell various stories, Matthew values the need for each studio photo to be accompanied with a short text that contextualizes each image. Each photo and its text serve as a mechanism for Matthew’s introspection; why he took the photo, and the state of his subconsciousness.

With each photo, Matthew strives to be relentlessly honest. He hopes the viewer walks away with a greater value for self-introspection, and therefore self-care.