Richard Ansett

These images continue the traditional trope of the nude as subject of the male gaze from a queer perspective. It is the projection of desire and examination of male sexuality in collaboration with erotic actor and model Mannie Coco. This examines and re-dresses the tradition of exploitation and appropriation specifically of black beauty through declared collaboration recognising the vital importance of both parties to the final creation of the work and equally acknowledges our connection that made these images possible.

Inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe’s relationship to his muse Bob Love and the surrealist nude studies of Bill Brandt, the sense of presence of both artist and muse within the images celebrates the unique relationship with the subject as figure of desire consummated in the creation of the work.