The Queer Black Italian Experience

In this chapter of MBQMQB, we zoom in on Italian society as we explore the realities of being Black and Queer while growing up and/or living in a highly Eurocentric, heteronormative social landscape. With a small sample of individuals from across the country, we use mediums of photography and autobiographical narratives to frame each experience as blossoming oases of innovation and light in a progressively parched desert. Each of which are inherently linked to form a black queerhood. This project signifies the building of this framework, the joining of hands and collective sharing of experiences with the aim of highlighting the beauty of the Black Queer Italian Experience while also voicing the racism, queerphobia, homophobia and transphobia that so often comes with it.

Thoé Eze 19 , Singer / Model, Reggio Emilia

Thoé Eze

19 , Singer / Model, Reggio Emilia

 Lola Oluwadare  25, Sex Worker / Stylist, Crema

Lola Oluwadare

25, Sex Worker / Stylist, Crema

 Francesca Zanardo 24, Milan / Conegliano

Francesca Zanardo

24, Milan / Conegliano

Melanys Figueredo Toledano  22, Bartender, Bologna

Melanys Figueredo Toledano

22, Bartender, Bologna

Dario Murillo 24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan

Dario Murillo

24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan