‘The Dandy Lion Project’ A short film by James Maiki

A dandy – A man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self.
Historically, especially in late 18th- and early 19th-century Britain, a dandy, who was self-made, often strove to imitate an aristocratic lifestyle despite coming from a middle-class background. –

1970642_679743652063749_1800962915_nFounded in 2010 by New Orleanian curator and educator Shantrelle P. Lewis, the Dandy Lion Project is traveling ‘photography and film project that explores Global Black Dandyism and contemporary counter-narratives of Black Masculinity’.

The film which was directed by James Maiki is a documentation of a portrait session shot by photographer Sara Shamsavari at the 2014 African Street Festival that was held this past July in Shoreditch (London).

Juxtaposed against an urban backdrop where the clothing of choice for many black men consists of a pair of sagging pants, exposed boxers, jerseys and white tees – the “hip hop” generation has produced another phenomenon of style – the New Age dandy.

The Dandy Lion Project will exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) from April through to July 2015.

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