Exhibition

Akea Brionne Brown : In the Center but not Seen

21 May 2021 – 4 Jul 2021

Regular hours

Friday
10:00 – 15:00
Saturday
11:00 – 17:00
Sunday
11:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 15:00
Thursday
10:00 – 15:00

Free admission

Iris Project

Venice
California, United States

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In the Center, but not Seen uses intricately staged self-portraiture to examine the overwhelming effects of racial displacement and erasure in Americana, a cultural and economic construct that continues to omit Black Americans to this day.

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In the Center, but not Seen uses intricately staged self-portraiture to examine the overwhelming effects of racial displacement and erasure in Americana, a cultural and economic construct that continues to omit Black Americans to this day. The product of predominantly white educational and social spaces, Akea Brionne Brown makes her positionality visible using vintage American textiles, physically wrapping herself in the symbolism of historic Americana to highlight the absence of Black bodies like her own.

Brown insists that representation matters, challenging the audience to reflect on their own level of representation (or lack thereof) within the traditional canon of American imagery. This exhibition speaks to the deficit of meaningful inclusion of Black Americans, especially Black women, within the fabric of the American narrative, identity, and culture.

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Exhibiting artists

Akea Brionne Brown

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