Unlike the narrative we continue to see in mainstream media about young black men, they are descendants of royalty. Consequently, they can walk into any space with their heads held high, adjust their crowns, and claim their rightful place in the world.

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.”

Kwame Nkrumah

In a moment of joyful simplicity, the photographer captures a young man aglow with laughter and sunlight, caught in a moment of connection. The image is honest and effortless — but a breath of lightness amid media representations of violence and gang activity among African youth. These depiction soften obscure the values of pride and positivity in African culture. This man is portrayed as the hidden section of the story: a successful, strong, and bold African youth living with the pride of being Black — just like a prince.

Amir Leung-Tat, Prince, 2020. 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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