The Black Cowboy Culture
Series photos by Gio Munisteri
The inspiration for The Black Cowboy Culture Series manifested from Gio’s dreams.
“This dream was about my take on modern cowboys. The goal of this photo series is to bring attention to how Black pioneers impacted the culture and history of the American West, but have since been erased from its legacy. We have been neglected from the history of the Old West, and the cinematic depiction of what the Old West was so I wanna flip that on its head”
This photo series was photographed using a vintage digital point-and-shoot camera, and a vintage film camera. The background location is from the Cobblestone District. Historically this area once was Buffalo’s grain-
handling hub of the Great Lakes, an era of the Industrial Revolution.
Gio Munisteri, a multi-talented activist artist, is embarking on his brand Eunoia.
EUNOIA [yoo-noy-uh]. This little-known word comes from the Greek εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.” It is also a rarely used medical term referring to a state of normal mental health
His passion is advocacy for black culture through his art, which uses traditional methods, techniques, and materials. Photography, video, film, and fashion design are his go-to channels that help him create unity in communities. Eunoia’s mission is to aid in connecting with the youth’s social issues, hoping for positive changes.
Gio collaborates with youth collectives producing art and fashion events, supported by The Buffalo AKG Art Museum, and The Burchfield Penney Art Center.
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