Doing It For Ourselves

Pierre-Yves Monnerville

'Doing it for Ourselves' is an ongoing photographic project paying tribute to QTIPOC individuals who are helping the larger community. It’s also meant as a message of hope. As bad as current events are looking now, these people overcame remarkable adversity so I find their achievements and legacy inspiring and motivating to keep going regardless of what’s happening in the world. The work consists of a series of portraits and short interviews where each person answers the same three questions:

1. What made you start?
2. How much change have you noticed since you started?
3. What’s next for you and/or your initiative?

Artist biography

Pierre-Yves Monnerville is a designer and photographer exploring how urban living, loneliness, identity, body image and mental health in general affect men. Coming across Mapplethorpe’s Black Book at 15 inspired him to become a photographer.


Jubilee Library
Jubilee Steet

25 October–4 November

Doing It For Ourselves
Pierre-Yves Monnerville

Abbey Kiwanuka Founder of Out and Proud African LGBTI he/him

Jason Jones LGBTQ rights Activist he/him

Lloyd Young Social Worker & Founder of The Black Experience he/him

Reverend Jide Macaulay ​ Founder of House of Rainbow he/him

Omar Okai Founder of The Black British Theatre Awards (BBTA) he/him

Dennis Carney Co-founder of Loving Men and Founder of Black Connections he/him