Derick Whitson
2021 AIM Fellow 

Derick Decario Ladale Whitson works across the realms of photography, video, and performance. Whitson’s work has been published in the Miami New Times, Huffington Post, The Advocate Magazine, and Photo-Emphasis. Whitson has participated in residencies across the U.S., including programs at Mass MoCA, The Fountainhead (Miami), and the AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program. Whitson is the recipient of the Foundation For Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, the 2019 Enfoco Photography Fellowship, and The 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Photography Fellowship. He earned his MFA at Columbia University and BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design. 


Artist Statement

I use photography to create a new form of identification through methods of masking. This is a form of representation, as an explorative generation of power through image making.There’s a need to deconstruct ideologies based on appearance through imagery. I am dissecting the levels of masking. This photographic amalgamation is political, subversive, and affirmative imagery that forms a racial & gender non conforming empathetic utopia.






Images courtesy the artist.

Sugar (Chapter II), 2017. Archival Ink Jet Print. 24 x 36 in.

Sugar (Chapter II), 2018. Archival Ink Jet Print. 24 x 36 in.

Sugar (Chapter II), 2019. Archival Ink Jet Print. 24 x 36 in.

Sugar (Chapter II), 2019. Archival Ink Jet Print. 13 x 19 in.


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