Banner image: Dexter McLean photography. Description: A woman sat on a leather sofa is side on to the camera. Her black hair tied up, she eats a meal from a plate she holds in her hand.


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Artist Statement: Dexter McLean is a London-based photographer with cerebral palsy. McLean’s work focuses on representation of the black and disabled community, operating in a space between documentary and portraiture. Having spent his early years attending mainstream school Jamaica before moving to the UK, McLean is familiar with the many barriers disabled people face and attends to these struggles through his artistic practice, directly challenging commonplace representations of disability.

McLean’s work focuses on representation of the black and disabled community, operating in a space between documentary and portraiture.

A black man is sat, slightly side on but with his head turned to face the camera. His expression is subtle, with a soft gaze. He wears a purple t-shirt and has short black hair.

Image from Dexter McLean's photographic series, 'Aspire Gym'.

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