In All My Glory

The strength of our people is infinite. Amidst historical atrocities and present-day injustices, we continue to draw on the past as we lean into the future. Coming back to oneself and truth in the present always allows for centering in the moment.

“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.”

Janet Jackson

In a simple frame, the photographer brings us into intimate connection with his subject. With her eyelids painted in warm, pearlescent purple, her look is bold, but refined. Her lined eyes lead the viewer’s gaze back towards her traditional headwrap, in understated black. Although her eyes are closed, she seems distinctly aware of and in harmony with her surroundings. Her expression is serene with peace, but her chin is also tilted up in defiance. In a regal manner, her undeniable strength and beauty converge.

Amir Leung-Tat, In All My Glory, 2017. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.

Amir Leung-Tat

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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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