BOYS IN THE FRONT SEAT
Boys in the Front Seat (2017) is a photography and documentary series confronting patriarchal and hyper-masculine norms in Black men's relationships with women. Boys dives into the deeply personal stories, feelings, and thoughts of twenty men regarding their romantic relationships and their ability or lack of ability to express their emotions. The series unravels the difficulties Black men and Black women face in relationships due to society's patriarchal gender roles and hyper-masculine expectations.
In the Boys in the Front Seat documentary, Walters asks five questions that unfolds the power dynamics in their relationships, revealing their feelings about themselves, society, men, and the roles women play in their everyday lives.
Boys in the Front Seat is a reflective series, not only for the viewer, but for Walters herself. She found herself subconsciously holding antiquated patriarchal standards towards her partners, while expecting them to rid their sexes behaviors and standards towards her. Boys simultaneously explores the control a woman has in her life as the driver of her vehicle (both metaphorically and quite literally) and the roles men play in it
-through their perspective.
The documentary will stream online soon.
Look out for announcements through Walters' ARTLETTER.
Boys in the Front Seat exhibition took place in 2017 at Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles, California.
The exhibition was sponsored by Urban Outfitters.