Akea Brionne Joins the Shades of Consciousness Collective

Shades Collective

Hello y’all! I am extremely excited to announce that I have co-founded a collective, Shades of Consciousness, with Colette Veasey-Cullors and Jennifer A. Ferretti. I could not be more thrilled to be with such powerful, inspirational, game-changing women such as Colette and Jenny.

How We Got Started:

Well, to put it simply, we found ourselves asking the same questions as women of color in the world of art and academia. We began discussing ideas about how to not only discuss, but confront these issues. We began collectively submitting proposals together, with our very first submission being chosen for the Society of Photographic Education. After that, we began working as a collective without the label. Eventually, we decided that we should formally create an existence for our collaborative group and the work we were planning to do. Thus, the collective was born!

Last week marked our first official event as a collective, featuring artist Elle Perez. We hosted a panel discussion at the Annual Society for Photographic Education Conference. To find out more information about this event, check out my previous announcement:

If you’re interested in following our collective, head over to our website at https://www.shadescollective.com/.

Presenting at the 2019 SPE Annual Conference

I’m excited and thrilled to announce that I will be presenting at the 2019 SPE Annual Conference, The Myths of Photography and the American Dream. I am honored to be on the panel with Colette Veasey-Cullors, Elle Perez, and Jennifer Ferretti. Our panel is titled “"Educational Reform: Challenging the Ideology of the 'American Dream', Equity, and Inclusion in Institutions and the Work Place" 

Presentations on Main Stage 2

Akea Brionne Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, Elle Perez, and Colette Veasey-Cullors (Panel) | Michael Marshall (Teaching & Learning)

Saturday, March 09 - 10:15AM to 11:15AM
Hope Ballroom

"Educational Reform: Challenging the Ideology of the 'American Dream', Equity, and Inclusion in Institutions and the Work Place"

As the student population in American schools becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that educators create a climate that considers diversity; in all of its forms. It is crucial that we confront the shortcomings within the traditional ideology of the American dream, by confronting the ways in which it has been largely inaccessible to marginalized groups, especially within the contemporary educational landscape. Creating a space where differences are highly valued, is essential to instilling cultural competency, inclusivity, communal inspiration, and an understanding that diversity is an essential component to the cultivation of our student's education in this global society.

For more information on my co-panelists, see below:

More information about Elle and their work can be found at   http://cargocollective.com/elleperez

More information about Elle and their work can be found at http://cargocollective.com/elleperez

2018 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award

I am pleased to announce that I was chosen as one the 2018 recipients of the Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for my project, Black Picket Fences.

The Archive of Documentary Arts is committed to diversifying its collection in order to better reflect the multitude of viewpoints and communities from which work is being made in the documentary arts today. Selected photographers receive a $4500.00 honorarium to print a body of work which will be acquired by the Archive of Documentary Arts and added to our permanent collection. Selected work will be preserved at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, and available for use by students, faculty, and independent researchers. The ADA also promotes collection material through exhibition and a variety of public programs.

I am honored to have my work chosen for the collection, and even more honored to have it be apart of one that is so dedicated to diversifying it’s portfolio. I would like to give special thanks to Lisa McCarty for helping me so much over the past few months prepare for the collection. I would also like to thank Colette Veasey-Cullors, Nate Larson, Jefferson Steele, Lynn Silverman, and the entire MICA Photo Department for helping me through the beginning stages of the work, allowing me to print and use the space, and for always supporting me in whatever endeavors I begin! I would also love to thank each and every participant who made the project what it is; it’s not over, but this was an amazing reception to a project I spent an in depth year and a half working on.

*Printing for this acquisition was made possible by the #MICAphoto Alumni Project Support Pilot Program

To view more information about the award and/or the Archive of Documentary Arts, visit the following page.

Exhibition at School 33 Art Center

I’m excited to be included in the winter exhibition at School 33, titled Your silence will not protect you, curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell.

The title references Audre Lorde’s seminal essay on activism, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.” 

“Your silence will not protect you.” addresses many silences, both historic and contemporary. This multimedia exhibition explores subtle variances and correlations across a broad spectrum of experience for black womyn today. Considering contemporary tropes concerning black womyn’s bodies, the commercialization of blackness and the continued haunting of the American past, the five artists presented content with the status quo both in broad social terms, but also within hierarchical art world structures. Here, past is more than present—it is consciousness.

The exhibition will be on view from December 7, 2018 through February 2, 2019.

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