As the conversation continues about the treatment of Black makes, as it relates to Trayvon Martin and Oscaar Grant. Its important to remember that a talented group of artists has united to redefine the constructs that currently restrict the idea of black masculinity. Leaders in visual art, performance, and spoken word — brothers, determined to redefine the ideal of what it means to be a black man through a bold initiative called, Question Bridge: Black Males.
For four years the artists involved with the Question Bridge project traveled the country collecting thousands of video based questions and answers from black men. Each participant was given the opportunity to direct meaningful inquiries to another black male that he wouldn’t ordinarily connect with. The video conversations were then fashioned into an installation that has been featured at several museums throughout the nation and at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
By allowing men of color a platform to ask the difficult questions, Question Bridge has created a catalyst to understand, contest, and ultimately transform not only our perceptions of men of African descent, but their own understanding of themselves.
The significance of a question like, “Who are you?” is often overlooked as we scurry to assimilate into the avatars that society has so keenly laid out for us.
We say we want unity, but seldom take the time to connect on a level that isn’t surface. This is what makes this project so valuable. click here for full article