Le Freak, C’est Chic 01 of 03 - J C Woodson
Le Freak, C’est Chic, is a project exploring how black men are apporached within gay culture. Frequently seen as exotic or otherworldly by their partners, black men are often fetishized for their looks or racial characteristics, a form of sexual blackspoitation. In the series the model, a former pornstar, has been posed in the exact same style as Josephine Baker, a celebrated 1920s cabaret performer. Baker too was idolized in Paris for her ‘exotic’ looks and her fame was largely due to the public’s fascination with the ‘other’. However, the way in which she was represented would now be deemed quite racist, if not, just plain offensive. Images of Baker are juxtaposed over the top of the photos which exaggerates the models features such as his afro and lips as well as displaying his erect penis, perhaps the most fetishized aspect of the black male in gay society. The end result being an image which is both comical and sexual at the same time, illustrating the distorted way in which black gay males are perceived in a predominantly white gay culture.
Please check out more of my friend Jason’s thoughtful and provocative work here http://jasoncwoodson.tumblr.com/
George aka streetsick