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Kehinde Wiley + Paper Mag Show That Black Lives Always Matter

Renowned artist Kehinde Wiley is at it again, collaborating with Paper to create a photo series for Black Lives Matter, titled ‘Black Lives Have Mattered for Thousands of Years.’ The gorgeous pictures, styled by the talented Shiona Turini, feature an entire cast of black models, stand out looks, and some wise words by Wiley himself.

I stand on the shoulders of many great artists whose work emphasizes the importance of diversity in American society,” he wrote. “Black lives matter because it’s a prescient thing to highlight in this moment of cultural evolution. But black lives have mattered for thousands of years. My interest is in the now — what does it feel like to be black in 2015?”

In both his writing and pictures, Wiley evokes the ‘art-historical’ aesthetic that he’s become known for. Trying to mitigate history with current culture, the models are found, in a lush landscape with trees and grass and Gothic-esque triptychs, but are also dressed in boldly modern clothing from MADE designers and alums like HBA, Harbison, Pyer Moss, Cushnie Et Ochs, Telfar, and pieces from YEEZY Season 1.

Wiley successfully takes us through the past to the present in this beautiful photo story that understands that black lives mattered yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Images by Kehinde Wiley with Paper Mag

Read our exclusive interview with Wiley here.

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