Two dark-skinned people kiss and hold each other's faces

D'Angelo Williams, The Lovers.

D’Angelo Lovell Williams is a Black, HIV-positive artist expanding narratives of Black and queer intimacy through photography. Black gay men, including Williams, appear throughout the work as sitters, lovers, caregivers, or shadows; the many forms in which Black queer men have existed within each other's lives. Williams’s images are informed by lived experience, as well as an exploration of how concepts of race, class, sexuality, gender, love, and intimacy affect our psyches. Depicting the Black body dynamically and in community, often merging or overlapping in the frame, Williams’s images picture the nuances of kinship, spirituality, and vulnerability.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.