This project was launched on March 19, 2018 and I am currently seeking black queer masculine women in Canada and the U.S. who might be interested in participating by having a conversation with their father and then sitting together for a photographic portrait. Since I am based in Toronto, I will definitely be able to work with anyone located in the city or nearby and I also have some limited project funds to hopefully travel to cities such as Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver, New York or Chicago. These trips will be determined by whether there are enough participants in a particular city for us to photograph. All portraits will be taken this spring and summer in May, June and July.
If you are interested in sitting for a portrait with your father, please see more detailed info in the FAQ.
This part of the project seeks to make visible the ways in which our masculinity has been shaped by our fathers throughout our lifetimes, and also to explore the family relationships of black queer masculine women as a more complex phenomenon than currently represented.
I am currently seeking contributions of family photographs that express anything about your relationship to your masculinity and your father. What this might be I leave up to you and I welcome submissions from women anywhere in the world. All you need to do is email me a digital copy with the best quality that you have to shortestdistance2018(@)gmail.com
Most of us have complicated relationships with our dads, and many of us have no relationship with them at all. Also, for the purposes of this project, some of you may not live in the same city as your dad, making it not possible to sit together for a portrait in the next few months. Because of these limitations and complexities, I am inviting folks who want to participate to define “father” for themselves. If there is a self-identified man who fathered you in some way and that you feel helped to shape your masculinity as you define it, then that is good enough for me. If you have any interest in sitting for a portrait or sending in a family photo, and you are are not sure if your situations fits, please do contact me so that we can discuss it together.
More information about what’s involved in participating is available in the FAQ.
If you are interested in participating in The Shortest Distance Between Two People, or know of anyone who you think would be interested, please get in touch with me. Please also help me spread the word by sharing this project website with black queer communities. Thank you so much for your help and support.