Our Friendship

In spite of our displacement, multitude of hues and backgrounds, our friendships are stronger than the chains that bound us togetherThis connection is strengthened through our fraternities, sororities and tribal communities. 

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this image, two women lean on each other in an affectionate embrace. Despite their close bond, they convey a duality of experiences. One wears her hair neatly bound in an intricate wrap, while the other’s blows like a fiery mane. Their expressions are matched to their hairstyling, with the woman on the left sharing a reserved smile and careful gaze, and her companion closing her eyes in an open beam. Their connection embodies the bond that unifies individuals across their diverse cultures, religions, and backgrounds.

Amir Leung-Tat, Our Friendship, 2018. 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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