Photo by Kira Sneed

Akea Brionne's work investigates the intersectional themes of race, socioeconomics, and identity. Her works explores the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary, cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she focuses on how to explore today's African American community, as it relates to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.

Akea Brionne has received the Visual Task Force Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work is also featured in the Smithsonian's Ralph Rinzler Collection and Archives, and was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Collection.

Akea Brionne received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in the dual degree program of Photography and Integrated Humanistic Studies in 2018. Akea is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.