Safer at Home: Exploring the ONE Archives Collection

Rakeem Cunningham

Rakeem Cunningham is a multimedia artist and photographer based out of Los Angeles, California. Born in 1992, his work explores the many nuances of the queer black experience through photography, collage, installation, and video works. Cunningham often incorporates images from manga, anime, comics, and fashion magazines he’s consumed during his life, often in an attempt to subvert and identify tropes and stereotypes of blackness in media.

While Cunningham focuses on queer identity politics, escapism, fantasy, self-acceptance, and the navigation of body politics under the queer landscape he’s also interested in exploration and interaction of materials. Cunningham received his BFA from the UCLA design and media arts department and is currently a member of Montevista Projects in Los Angeles.

Rakeem was in conversation with curator Lexi Johnson on Monday June 22, 2020 at 3pm to speak about his work and practice in relation to themes brought up by “safer at home.” The video recording is available to watch here: 


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