Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

I Look Like My Momma (Self-Portrait 1980)
Archival inkjet print

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

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My name is Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, I’m a Detroit Based artist who primarily works within lens-based media (i.e. Photography, Video), performance, and writing. I am also a Curator, DJ, Organizer, and Educator. I received my Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  where I studies with Xaviera Simmons, Ayanah Moor, Roberto Sifuentes. I work under the philosophy of F.U.B.U (This Shit Is For Us*). I’m always thinking about how my work can aid in a larger conversation about blackness, and its many intersectionalities. My 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 keeping in mind the accessibility of art.

I am currently a Redbull House of Art Resident (2021 due to Covid-19) 2019/2020 Document Detroit Fellow, 2019 Kresge Arts In Detroit Fellow of Visual Arts, 2019 Artist in Resident at Northeastern Illinois University, 2018 Luminarts Fellow in Visual Arts, 2017/18 Hatch Project Artist in Resident at Chicago Artist Coalition, 2017 Artist in Resident at ACRE, 2017 semifinalist for the Edes Fellowship. I have performed and exhibited work at The Museums of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago IL,  The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NYC NY, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, AZ and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.


I’d like to think that my practice encourages conversation, conversations that are so often looked over. I make work that puts blackness in the forefront making way for us to feel seen and included in not only the thought process but also in the contemporary conversation, and not as an afterthought. I explore the different identities that are a part of the shared lived black experience across the diaspora.

In my practice, I work across personal narratives, gender, and sexual identities, and performance, the idea of American blackness, ideas of safe space, black leisure, and fictional storytelling. 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 completely mine but of a collective black mind. My practice consists of lens-based media (i.e photography and video), performance, text-based media, Djing, social engagement, writing, and storytelling

I 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.