Black Queer Love
-Photoserie-
Collaboration statement:
The photoserie Black Queer Love is a collaboration between photographer Leonel Piccardo and queer activist Naomie Pieter for the recently launched human rights movement Black Pride NL. 
Black Pride NL is a human rights movement centering and celebrating the Black LGBTQIA+ community and other LGBTQIA+ communities of color.
The photoserie is a direct reaction on the graphic images/videos of Black people being killed because of police violence and other racial and anti-LGBTQIA+ violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like Ahmaud Arbrey, Tomy Holten, Breona Taylor, George Floyd, Riah Milton, Dominique Fells and the trail of Orlando Boldewijn (may they rest in power).

The photoserie also responds to the lack of representation during the mainstream Pride celebration in the Netherlands and online. Piccardo and Pieter felt the urge to respond to this dehumanizing imagery and lack of representation by centering the Black LGBTQIA+ community through the concepts of love, healing, joy and (chosen) family. 
The idea of the photoserie came to Leonel when he was standing under the shower. 
Frustrated by the lack of Black LGBTQIA+ representation. He felt the urge to amplify the imagery of vulnerability, community, intimacy and joy of the Black LGBTQIA+ community. With his idea he called Naomie. ​​​​​​​


The idea of the photoserie came to Naomie when she was busy setting up Black Pride NL, the recently launched human rights movement centering and celebrating the Black LGBTQIA+ community. Frustrated by the lack of funds she didn't know how to produce new images of the Dutch Black LGBTQIA+ community. Images that would center love and healing. But then Leonel Piccardo called. 
Piccardo and Pieter knew each other before from a photoshoot where they worked together. Piccardo knew that Pieter is a queer activist so it felt logic to reach out to her. Together they started the journey that resulted in this ongoing photo series.
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