Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BROOKLYN: Nakeya Brown

In Private Moments
April 10 – 12, 2015

Presented by Top Rank Magazine

Opening reception: Friday, April 10, 2015, 6-9PM

Hosted by AFROPUNK

Artist talk: Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4PM, Nakeya Brown in conversation with Kimberly Drew, founder of Black Contemporary Art

558 St Johns Place
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

From Top Rank Magazine press release:

Top Rank Magazine is pleased to present In Private Moments, an exhibition of works by Nakeya Brown. This is Brown’s first solo show and her New York City debut.

In the photographic and installation works featured in In Private Moments, Brown engages with the fraught cultural politics of hair and beauty. Her pastel colored and minimally composed still-life portraits evoke the duality of emotions associated with black women’s relationship with hair maintenance and aesthetics – happiness and pain; beauty and sacrifice; collectivity and alienation. Approaching the subject matter through a feminist frame, Brown’s work focuses on the objects and rituals that black women use to construct their identities.

“As black women, there are these processes that we do, sort of in secrecy and behind doors. I wanted to bring that aspect of our lives into a space, [so] that it can be talked about and it can be looked at,” says Brown about In Private Moments.

Top Rank Magazine has selected a group of women ages 14-18 from the New York City area to participate in a portraiture workshop with Brown on April 12, 2015. Participants will work closely with the artist to produce and print their own portraits, as well as discuss the broader social issues raised in Brown’s work.

About the Artist
Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. Her work has been exhibited at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Woman Made Gallery, Vivid Solutions Gallery, and Mason Gross Gallery. Brown’s work has been reviewed by The Washington City Paper, African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks, For Harriet, and has been published by international publications Hysteria and Tonelit.

About Top Rank Magazine
Top Rank Magazine is a Brooklyn based biannual publication that profiles women of diverse backgrounds who are driving, shaping, and challenging the world around them. Top Rank women are leaders in the arts, academia, social justice, technology, and fashion worlds. The publication strives to promote a culture of support and collaboration among creative women while celebrating their distinct contributions.

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