TRULY BLESSED by Chris Suspect


Truly Blessed
By Chris Suspect
Photobook in 3 variant cover.
Size 21,5 x 28 cm
Paper premium coated matt 150 gr Print 2/2
OFFSET deep black+ Pantone Stitched volume
Cover 300 gr Uncoated black paper + golden lamina 120 pages OBI / cover belt 10/12 cm h 4/0 + silver plastic
©Chris Suspect ©KingKoala2023

ISBN: 9788894797220

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Truly Blessed tells a powerful visual story about a community’s response to discrimination, both racial and religious.
Chris Suspect came upon this unusual community by chance.
He met Bilal Ali after a taxi hit Ali on the streets of Georgetown in Washington, DC. Suspect photographed the accident and sent him the photos for his lawyer to use. A few months later, Bilal invited Suspect to photograph a private party at a non-descript restaurant in Dupont Circle. At the time, Suspect had no idea he would be introduced that night to an empowered community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender African Americans.

American society is highly segregated, and it should come as no surprise that the American LGBTQ+ movement is mostly represented by white gays and lesbians. Black gays lack their own prominent voice or representation on a national level. Despite the support of prominent national, African American leaders like Obama and Oprah show for gay culture in general, many Black gays feel they do not provide a voice for their community. In communities, Black families may accept their children’s sexuality but not openly, compared to many white families who proudly accept their children’s sexual orientation.

In Washington, DC’s gay clubs African American often face discriminated. This discrimination can take the form of bogus dress codes or even charging significantly higher drink prices to African Americans, to discourage them from returning. In addition, many profiles on gay dating apps say, “no Blacks.”

To live freely, these men and women in “Truly Blessed” create their own venues to express their erotic lives. They gather at private parties organized in homes, restaurants or underground venues friendly to their lifestyle.

The Black Baptist Church is also notoriously intolerant of homosexuality, so the people you meet in “Truly Blessed” are also ostracized in the churches of their upbringing. To counter this, they established their own church, The Community Church, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C. Here, under the leadership of the Rev. Aaron Wade, PhD, they are fully accepted and worship freely. “Truly Blessed” takes the viewer into both realms, the erotic and the religious, juxtaposing the erotic freedom expressed at the private parties with the traditional solemnity of their church. Despite the striking visual contrast between these two realms they both embody the self-empowerment and determination of a unique community.

– Chris Suspect

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 21 × 3 × 26 cm

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