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Harness Hamese
Yield to Excursions, The Outkast I
Archival inkjet print, open edition

21 x 25 inches
Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago

Tepper Takayama Fine Arts


Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Columbia College Chicago
April 6 - July 12, 2015

Excerpt from Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago:

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture.  The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity features work from emerging and renowned photographers and filmmakers from the US, Europe and Africa, including Hanif Abur-Rahim, Jody Ake, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Rose Callahan, Kia Chenelle, Bouba Dola, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Russell K. Frederick, Cassi Amanda Gibson, Allison Janae Hamilton, Akintola Hanif, Harness Hamese/Loux the Vintage Guru, L. Kasimu Harris, Jamala Johns, Caroline Kaminju, Charl Landvreugd, Jati Lindsay, Devin Mays, Terence Nance, Arteh Odjidja, Numa Perrier, Alexis Peskine, Radcliffe Roye, Sara Shamsavari, Nyugen Smith, Daniele Tamagni, Richard Terborg and Rog Walker. This exhibition is guest curated by US-based independent curator Shantrelle P. Lewis.

Generous support for Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional support is provided by Hahnemühle.


Excerpt from Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston:

Harness Hamese

Harness Hamese is a self-taught photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a rich body of work that is photo journalism and fine art. Both professional elements are often interlaced in the same elegantly structured images. His works seem to be of unspecified eras or moments in time yet forcefully modern and even contemporary.

It was on the street that he first met the enthusiasts of the Dandy collective named Khumbula (a Nguni word that means "remember"). As he states: "Together, we have created an ongoing body of work that looks at post apartheid nostalgia.  We focus particularly on how our parents used to dress and the integrity that’s attached to these expressions of individualism and independence through the creative force of personal style, in a time in which their options were limited." This is an ongoing project, equally intense in both
black and white and color, which records and archives creative and iconoclastic social, political, aesthetic and artistic points of view.

Harness Hamese’s work is part of the Fine Print Program at the  Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.


Harness Hamese, South African, (1986- )
b. October 14, 1986, Yeoville, (Johannesburg), South Africa

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