Imen
by Jourdan Barnes

project STATEMENT

Imen is a series created to show the beauty, delicacy, and strength of Black men. Imen (ee-mehn) is a Haitian Creole word that translates to “human.” Titling this series Imen is important to me because, in response to the pandemic that is racism and the unjust, unwarranted killings of Black people—and Black men in particular—we (Black people) have begun this trend of declaring our worthiness to live by publicizing our successes and referencing ourselves as royalty. Though I agree with those sentiments and believe all successes of the Black community should be highlighted and amplified, it should not be a declaration of worthiness to not be killed. Being human is just enough. Imen is created to highlight the human in Black men because that is the ultimate reason why Black men shouldn’t be murdered.

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