Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

Photo of Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Photo of Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell (they/them) is a Detroit-based artist who primarily works within lens-based media (i.e., photography, video), performance, and writing. They are also a Curator, DJ, Organizer, and Educator.

“I’m always thinking about how my work can aid in a larger conversation about blackness and its many intersectionalities.

I do work that puts blackness in the forefront, making way for us to feel seen and included in the thought process and the contemporary conversation, not as an afterthought.”

Their work explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces for all black bodies, and personal stories, all while emphasizing ancestors’ accessibility of art.

“I explore the different identities that are a part of the shared lived black experience across the diaspora.”

“I use my obsessions with music, poetry, social media, pop culture, and black people as a humorous influence on me and my practice giving me a perspective that isn’t wholly mine but of a collective black mind.”

Their course consists of lens-based media (i.e., photography and video), performance, text-based media, Djing, social engagement, writing, and storytelling.

Photo from Dion. Work created by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Photo from Dion.
Work created by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.

“I’d like to think that my practice encourages conversation, conversations that are so often looked over.”

Xaviera Simmons, One Day and Back Then (Standing), 2007
Xaviera Simmons, One Day and Back Then (Standing), 2007

They look to artists such as Xaviera Simmons, Danez Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kerry James Marshell, Kalup Linzy, Jenn Nikuru  Glenn Ligon, and the ALL the Black Femme Identifying people in my life.

For more information on Darryl’s work, please visit Darryl DeAngelo Terrell’s official website.

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