Normalize NSI

“Normalize Non-Sexual Intimacy” (Normalize NS.I.) uses photography as a means of expanding the continued conversations exploring and broadening the constructs of intimacy with current experiments contemplating Black masculinity.

Normalize NS.I. asks viewers to annex their sensibilities to the possibilities of how Black men are seen, as they express the ineffable cognizance of solidarity that is the bond of brotherhood. At the core of the work is Beal’s answer to questioning issues of tensions in sexual transparency, queerness and belonging as complicated by his Christian upbringing.