Kissing David, 1994, Luna Luis Ortiz gelatin silver print

Shanice Bailey curated this month's web gallery, Outsider Blackness, featuring Frederick Weston, Jimmy De Sana, Jorge Veras, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Frank Moore, Robert Ford, Ronald Lockett, Loreen Bryant, dionte wilkens, Rodney Brown, Michael C. Morgan, Darryl Terrell, Eric Payne, Peter Robinson, Jr., Robert Mapplethorpe, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mr. Johnson and Derek Jackson.

Bailey says, "Outsider Blackness is something I’ve really only been able to ground in a sense of dissonance, a shorthand for the complexity of black queer subjectivity I still struggle to articulate. It’s a nod to the difficulty of wrestling with this topic, an acknowledgment of the discomfort I feel—however vague—even as I write this. It grapples with Du Bois’s double-consciousness and adds an additional layer: it describes an awareness of both the damaging influence of whiteness and a separation from notions of blackness that are meant to be liberatory. In this regard, blackness is queer -- as in, blackness exists outside of normative social structures. It’s an aesthetic characterized by this doubled-doubleness, a repetition that becomes inversion: the othered other, marginalized at the margins.An awareness of the ways whiteness shapes, limits, and oppresses, but also finding oneself outside the limits of a blackness constructed solely in opposition to white fabrication/misrepresentation." Read more.

Each month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project and Visual AIDS Artists Registry.

View past Web Gallery here.

Frederick Weston

Jimmy De Sana

Jorge Veras

Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Frank Moore

Robert Ford

Ronald Lockett

Loreen Bryant

dionté wilkens

Rodney Brown

Michael C. Morgan

Darryl Terrell


Peter Robinson, Jr.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Luna Luis Ortiz

Mr Johnson

Derek Jackson