Kay Rufai is a Photographer, Poet, Filmmaker, Author, Mental Health researcher and founder of the internationally acclaimed S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys projects. His work spans the past 5 years in a handful of countries including the UK, USA, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Germany, Scandinavia, Mexico, Nigeria and Colombia.
He has spent the past 3 years exploring the intersection between culture, masculinity, identity, racial emancipation, mental health and community cohesion through art, photography, educational workshops
and public events. A great deal of his work has directly engaged diverse communities, minority, refugee and displaced groups of people as well as collaboratively creating bodies of work with them.
Kay Rufai has recieved numerous funding and support from the Mayor Of London, Arts Council, British Council and The Wellcome Trust for his S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project which is a public health researched photo-documentary project that explores the impact of smiling on improving well-being for black boys, violence reduction and as a tool too challenge negative stereotypes of this demographic in the society