I aim to visualize what a Black utopia looks like or could look like. I think they’re simply trying to center their experiences which are deeply cultural and deeply black. Exhibitions at ICP are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. “Dealing with racial and gender identity, through dress in a museum space.”. Both personal work and editorials created for the pages of magazines like Dazed feature in I Can Make You Feel Good, a survey of the rich and compelling “black utopia” that Mitchell imagines with his camera. Tyler Mitchell (American, b. If the vote is where the money is, then you have to change your ways. In them, models recline, embrace each other closely, and peer into the lens, leaving evidence of a public display of affirmation in Blackness and a unifying visual text of hope. Included in the show, which is on display at ICP’s new home in New York’s Lower East Side until May 18, are two videos: “Idyllic Space” and “Chasing Pink, Found Red,” both comprised of a series of scenes shot with Mitchell’s signature natural light and vibrant hues and featuring black youths engaged in relaxed and carefree activities. I Can Make You Feel Good is simply a declaration. This, alongside many other accomplishments, has established Mitchell as one of the most closely watched up-and-coming talents in image making today. Vogue Daily The best new culture, style, and beauty stories from Vogue, delivered to you daily. We’re voting with our dollars. 2, The International Center of Photography, New York, NY, Jan 25-May 18. And they’re presenting them as beautiful and at the center of the universe; they’re both mainstream proposals. For instance, when I visited my best friend who went to Hampton, a historically black college — I almost went to Howard myself — I visited him on the weekend and the rules were like, no hats indoors, you have to wear a belt at all times, when you’re in certain areas you have to wear a collared shirt. Additionally, I want to do a symposium where I’ll invite a lot of artists to come and talk about the themes in the show and beyond. Growing up with Tumblr, I would often come across images of sensual, young, attractive white models running around being free and having so much fun—the kind of stuff Larry Clark and Ryan McGinley would make. You cite McGinley and Larry Clark as your inspiration in the beginning, but their work is often gritty or very fantasy-focused, whereas your work presents a more common existence — which is more effective for what you’re trying to say.