The Let Out
Café Pearl, Contemporary Art
Commissioned by the RISD Museum, The Let Out activates contemporary fashion garments donated to the collection by Mark Pollack (RISD BFA 1976, Textiles). With the support of their team, Ryan Cardoso and DJ Chappel used this collection to style more than 40 characters. The resulting 8-foot by 21-foot banner presents a scene taking place at the end of a fashion event.
Ryan Cardoso: Creative director, photographer
DJ Chappel: Creative director, model
Rafael Taveras: Photo assistant
Shirla Auguste: Stylist
Charles Barbary: Stylist
Yolibel Gonzalez: Makeup artist
Rochelle Tina: Makeup artist
Terrell Villiers: Digital background artist
Autticus Bell: Digital editor
For the past three years, artists Ryan Cardoso and DJ Chappel have joined their practices in design and photography to expand on the rituals of religion. Their first offering, the documentary A Different Type of Church, uses mixed-media content including screen recordings, social media, and YouTube to narrate modern society’s relationship with spirituality.
Cardoso explores portraiture through photography and film and its importance in archiving the elegance, domesticity, and relationships of life. He uses analogue photography as a means to exhibit the Black swagger. DJ Chappel is interested in the relationship between clothing and movement and its influence on character. He envisions himself as a future ancestor creating primary resources for upcoming generations of gay Black men.
Ryan Cardoso: ryancardoso.com
DJ Chappel: dualityjunkie.com
Garments donated by Mark Pollack to the RISD Museum