Photography by Ajamu X
Ajamu is an artist–scholar, archive curator and radical sex activist with a 25-year track record of exhibiting in museums, galleries and alternative spaces across Europe, North America, the Caribbean, South Africa and the UK. His philosophical-political-aesthetic includes portraiture, self-portraiture, and working with early analogue printing processes which unapologetically celebrate both black and queer bodies, the erotic sense[s], pleasure as activism and difference. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and critical journals worldwide.He is the co-founder of the award-winning community-based charity rukus! Federation and the rukus! Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer + Archive and one of a few leading specialists on Black British LGBTQ+ history, heritage and cultural memory in the UK.He studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht and is currently a part-time PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Humanities, Royal College of Art.