My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness launches the Black Jigsaw Project

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Sponsored by Gucci, MQBMBQ collaborates with American illustrator Ggggrimes and Ghanian painter Kwesi Botchway to create two custom works transformed into puzzles for its final project of 2020

My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness launched in June 2020 and raised over 12,000 euros with a print fundraiser for the Black Trans centered-organisations For the Gworls and Transwave JA. The ongoing digital project is committed to exploring the multiple existing facets of Black queer identity and denouncing white queer racism, Black queer antagonism, and queerphobia, by way of art, film and literature.

For its final project of 2020, MQBMBQ collaborates with American illustrator Ggggrimes and Ghanian painter Kwesi Botchway to create 200 limited-edition, A3-sized puzzles. Sponsored by GUCCI, both Ggggrims and Botchway create vivid characters dressed in looks from GUCCI’s Epilogue collection. The works explore the landscapes and beauty of Black Queer identity.

Each of the 384-piece puzzles sits in a box designed by Cary Fagan. And 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to Movimento Identità Trans, one of Italy’s oldest Trans centred organisations.

The Black Jigsaw Project is available here

Hannah Abel-Hirsch

Hannah Abel-Hirsch joined British Journal of Photography in 2017, where she is currently Assistant Editor. Previously, she was an Editorial Assistant at Magnum Photos, and a Studio Assistant for Susan Meiselas and Mary Ellen Mark in New York. Before which, she completed a BA in History of Art at University College London. Her words have also appeared on Magnum Photos, 1000 Words, and in the Royal Academy of Arts magazine.