In September, Bottega Veneta invited Adraint Khadafhi Bereal to its Spring/Summer 2024 show in Milan. It was the 25-year-old Waco, Texas, native’s first European fall. He texted, “I’m walking around so much and forget to eat because I’m afraid that the city will disappear between blinks. I’m taking pictures, refusing to really look at them. It’s like sketching, for a time when I can afford to stand somewhere for long enough to scatter the dust that’s now up to my ankles.”
Artist Adraint Khadafhi Bereal Is Tired of ‘Black Joy.’ He Wants to Know What Comes After Rage
The photographer turned his time at the University of Texas at Austin into a chronicle of Black life on campus, a project that will take book form this January.