Suffering in Silence- Pastor

So often what it means to be a Black man hinges on the lack of emotional expression. Sometimes though the pain is too much to bear, the burden is too heavy to carry.

“Tears are words the heart can’t express.”

Gerard Way

African cultures have historically tied masculinity with stoicism and independence: the ability to endure suffering in silence. Equally rooted in culture, however, is religion, which has invited communities to pray, celebrate, grieve, and feel in communion. Capturing a poignant moment, this photograph embodies the duality of strength and emotionality in unity: a pastor sheds tears as he leads his people in moving prayer. As the community bleeds with its individual members, religion has provided refuge in fellow believers, and a way to channel out shared suffering.

Amir Leung-Tat, Suffering in Silence- Pastor, 2020. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.

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Ubuntu is a exhibition of the photography of Amir Leung-Tat. An interpretation of the Nguni term which means "I am because we are" and associated African philosophy which promotes the interconnectedness of humanity, Leung-Tat's work represents a poignant exploration of the vast totality of the black experience through the eyes of an artist coming of age. Shot during his time in Keyna, as well as during the 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Boston, MA, his work captures the enduring connections and similarities that override geographical differences. Despite the forced separation of Black bodies from their homeland, there is a vibrant energy and resolve to overcome obstacles and a singularity of spirit that remains connected across time and space.

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