MAN

Denisha Anderson

“The muscular, white male remains the pinnacle of conventional body standards. The pressure of this often impossible and non-inclusive form only becomes more crippling to those on the outside. Thus, there has become a stronger demand for diverse voices and yearn for a more honest representation of the world.

As an artist with an underrepresented black female voice, my images show men as they have never been seen before. I create images that present true diversity. By resisting dominant white western stereotypes; I attempt to reveal an image more complex and more human.

MAN aims to challenge some ideas on the male gaze whilst simultaneously exposing the male form in its rawest most vulnerable state. I explore gender roles on a wide spectrum; asking the question, can we separate sex and look at the naked body without desire attached?

MAN ultimately is a series that aims to provide new narrative for ALL men. I hope this will evoke new perspectives on how we see the body and nudity, for both men and women alike.”

(This an excerpt of this series debuted at The Victoria & Albert Museum 2018)

DIMENSIONS | 30 x 30 cm
MEDIUM | Archival Ink on Paper | Limited Edition of 50 Giclée prints (unframed)
AUTHENTICITY | Signed certificate of authenticity

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Denisha Anderson

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DENISHA ANDERSON

Denisha Anderson is a photographer from South London whose exploratory work has earned her widespread praise in established publications such as Magenta Flash Forward Catalogue and Huffington Post. Since deciding to become a full-time artist two years ago, her talent and determination has quickly got her noticed in recent exhibitions which include MAN at the V&A Museum and WHO at Take Courage Gallery London. Denisha picked up her first camera when she was 17 and has been working in film and photography ever since alongside well-known names like Spike Lee, Daniel Mulloy and Joost Vandebrug. Determined to propose an alternative narrative, Denisha tirelessly challenges perceptions and social constructs. She is conscientious and precise and carefully considers every angle, leaving no interpretation to chance. Passionate and engaged, she investigates facts and documents her findings to provide a new basis for better informed conversations around gender and race. By refusing to conform to society’s rules, Denisha freely follows her own intuition and carves her own path, strong in her beliefs. Fundamentally existentialist, her starting point is always the experience of the human subject, presenting them as living and breathing beings above all. Her strong empathy becomes a bind for unexpected connections between people. At the heart of her practice lies a soft underlying fragility which stems from her deep intimate emotional connection to the subject matter. Through her powerful photographs, Denisha calls for a celebration of our differences and shared experiences encapsulating what it means to be human.

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Education | BA Film Production, The Arts University Bournemouth

Awards | Winner of The Huffington Post: Portrayals of Blackness Competition, 2018; Winner of The Magenta Flash Forward Competition, 2017

Residencies | Man Sized at Exchange project x ESPS, 2019

Featured | Nii Journal, Issue Three, 2018; Magenta Flash Forward Magazine, 2017; TRIP Magazine; Brixton Bugle, September 2015; The Peckham Peculiar, Issue Ten, August 2015

Group Exhibitions | Bold (London), 2019; Unsigned x Free Range, BBH Blacksheep (London), 2019; WHO Exhibition, Take Courage Gallery (London), 2019; Underground on the up (London), 2019; Friday Lates, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), 2018; Make it ugly for me, Bettershared x Creative Debuts (London), 2018; Kitab Photography Festival India For Transgender communities, 2018; Transformation, BBZ (London), 2016; The Ballad of Rye Lane, Brainchild Festival (Brighton) & East End Film Festival (London), 2015

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