“Yeah we go on dates” is a part of a series documenting queerness in the south. I photographed an artist couple I know, Kendle and Ke’ at a wing spot here in Memphis. Memphis is a wing city, and I love the aesthetics of the spots here. I was a little bit inspired by the line from “Jumpman” by Future and Drake: “chicken wings and fries, we don’t go on dates”. Lighting was very much in mind with this piece and the spotlight look is intentional.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jasmine Marie (born 1999, Memphis TN) is a photographer, writer, performer, curator and filmmaker whose personal work explores both the mundane and the fantastic of black life with a focus on southern black culture and spirituality. With a leaning towards speculative fiction and afrosurrealism, she utilizes video, text, and portraiture to explore how the mediums work together to tell stories of love and identity. Her work also explores the connection between queerness, black femme identity, and the role of community through the lens of heritage and space. She currently lives and works in Memphis. She recently finished her three month residency with Crosstown Arts.
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