Question Bridge: Black Males
April 28 – September 30, 2016
This innovative video installation probes black men as they ask and answer provocative questions to each other such as, “Why am I a traitor for dating outside of my race?” “What’s your greatest fear?” The videos were collected from 150 men from across the U.S., then woven together to simulate a real-time conversation covering themes of family, love, education, violence, and more. The vulnerability and generosity of the men produces complex and authentic images of black men rarely seen in American media. The viewer also gets a window into the complex and often unspoken dialogue among African American men and offers new possibilities for witnessing our common humanity.
Artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson organized Question Bridge in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The artists hope that the Question Bridge project will be a catalyst for constructive dialogue that will help deconstruct stereotypes about black male identity in our collective consciousness.