Ajamu X is a fine art photographic artist, archive curator and radical sex activist. He studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie and is currently a PhD researcher at Royal College of Art, London.
His objective, through risk taking and experimentation, with a willingness to step outside a ‘creative comfort zone’, is to interrogate, extend and transgress contemporary theoretical debates in photography, specifically in reference to portraiture, the materiality and physicality of the print and notions of identity, representations, sexualities and pleasure; all this through filters: the intersection of Blackness through a queer lens and queerness through a Black lens.
Ajamu was co-founder of the award-winning rukus! Black LGBTQ Archive. Founded in 2000, the rukus! Black LGBT archive mission is to create Europe’s first dedicated living archive, devoted to our heritage, culture and experiences. It aims to collect, preserve, exhibit, and otherwise make available to the public historical, cultural, and artistic materials related to the Black lesbian, gay bisexual and trans communities in the United Kingdom. The materials have been collected from individuals, activists, DJs, club promoters, writers, artists, community organizations and magazine publishers from within and outside local communities.