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Xavier McFarlin (b.1994 Landstuhl, Germany) grew up in Okinawa, Japan and moved to Texas at the age of 18. Returning to the USA, his country of citizenship, Xavier began making art as a way to examine his queer black identity. Through video, photography, and sculpture, Xavier mines his multicultural background in contrast to the “All American” construction of masculinity. Currently based in Marfa,TX, Xavier received his BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2019. His thesis exhibition explored themes of colonization and displacement through the absurdity of color within blackness through symbolism and structure.