Artist: Eric Hart, Jr.
Medium: digital photography, printed on matte archival paper
Dimensions: 30 x 48 in / 76.2 x 121.9 cm
Artist Eric Hart Jr. is a Georgia native who is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. As a photographer, Hart’s stylized portraiture is an exploration of blackness and shifting identities within black culture. His visual language is influenced by the nuances of intersectionality. This series When I Think About Power articulates the multi-faceted aspects of negotiating Blackness, queerness and masculinity. He explores the way in which internalized struggles manifest and contribute to the sense of isolation and erasure, and how a powerful reclamation of agency and selfhood are not often glamorous but reflect tedious, daily work that one needs to commit to every single day, in big and small ways. In this body of work, Eric Hart takes the notion of a traditional editorial shoot and marries it with an intense black and white aesthetic.