“Colorado actress and artist Christina Pittaluga created a project to challenge the view of masculinity in men of color and help some of her own models in the series of photographs reexamine what it meant to them. She started the project at the beginning of the year and scheduled the photo shoot weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic but started releasing the images in June just as the country was having a national conversation on race and justice.
“The project ‘Are We Still Cool?’ is an exploration in masculinity with men of color. A lot of times men of color are told they can’t show certain emotions,” Pittaluga, 23, told CBS4 on Wednesday. “I’ve always been really interested in why they weren’t allowed to feel the same way I was.”
The title plays off of the phrase men sometimes use to quickly address any conflict among each other without actually sharing their feelings. It also represents a thought she found these men asking themselves as they agreed to participate in the project.”
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Chitnis, Shawn. CBS 4 News 25 June 2020.