Clifford Prince King (US)

Orange Grove

03 February - 26 May
Clifford Prince King

Image: Clifford Prince King, Untitled, (m _ q), 2017. Courtesy the artist, Gordon Robichaux, NY and STARS, LA.

Tender portraits of queer Black intimacy.


03 February - 26 May


Footscray Community Arts [i]
45 Moreland St, Footscray
Tue – Fri, 9.30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



Self-taught US artist Clifford Prince King documents his intimate relationships in traditional, everyday settings that speak to his experiences as a queer Black man. Orange Grove is a series of dark and handsome images, filled with King’s intricate portraits that flow like tapestries. King makes the everyday transparent while embracing possible futures, through a sense of fantasy and daydream. Woven into the narrative is King’s 2018 HIV diagnosis, and the subsequent shifts in the body that illness brings. As King describes, “The work I make is the work I wish I had seen growing up, to make my process and my understanding easier. That links back to the faces being hidden in some images, I think it allows for people to put themselves in that photograph.”

Through a warm lens, King tenderly captures the beauty of companionship and self-realisation. These images offer a sense of community – as we witness lovers and friends in the ether of vulnerability, King’s portraits remind the viewer that sex and intimacy are intrinsically a collaboration.

Please note that this exhibition contains nudity, A Queer PHOTO exhibition curated by Brendan McCleary Supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund Supported by Fini Frames

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March