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Guide to the Akea Brionne Brown photographs, 2016-2018

Summary

These thirty-three color inkjet portraits are from the body of work "Black Picket Fences" by Akea Brionne Brown, and explore the life of middle-class African Americans in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Taken in part to confront stereotypes of African American neighborhoods and majority black American cities as dangerous and violent, the images chiefly portray family groups and individuals in interiors of homes and in outside environments such as front yards. The majority of the prints measure 19 3/8 x 24 inches. This work received the 2018 ADA Award for Documentarians of Color. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11693
Title
Akea Brionne Brown photographs
Date
2016-2018
Creator
Brown, Akea Brionne, 1996-
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Content Description

These thirty-three color inkjet photographs are from the body of work Black Picket Fences by Akea Brionne Brown and explore the lives of middle-class African Americans in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Taken in part to confront stereotypes of African American neighborhoods and majority black American cities as dangerous and violent, the images chiefly portray family groups and individuals in interiors of homes and in outside environments such as front yards and streets. The majority of the prints measure 19 3/8 x 24 inches. Two are sized slightly smaller at 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 and 15 x 20 1/4 inches.

The prints are accompanied by the artist's statement, in which she writes: "The project manifested through my own personal critique and observation of the suburban landscape as an ideologically 'white space.' I began to consider the importance of representation and exposure in relation to the formation of black identity, the performativity of blackness, and the ways in which the home transforms into a place of familiarity and/or unfamiliarity depending on who enters the space. In turn, this body of work aims to highlight an often overlooked group in contemporary American culture: the black, suburban middle class."

This work received the 2018 ADA Collection Award for Documentarians of Color. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

The prints are rranged in original order as assigned by the photographer.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Akea Brionne Brown photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Black Picket Fences, Part 1 and Part 2, 2016-2018

33 prints, 1 box, All prints except two measure 19 3/8 x 24 inches. Print 15, "Suburban Kaleidoscope" measures 15 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches. Print 30, "A Family Gathers," measures 15 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches, and has a duplicate image sized 19/3/8 x 24 inches. Titles assigned by the photographer.
Jakie, 2017
Box 1
Sharon, 2018
Box 1
Greg, 2018
Box 1
Colette, 2018
Box 1
De'Andrea, 2017
Box 1
Jesse, 2017
Box 1
Gayle, 2018
Box 1
Kesha, 2018
Box 1
David, 2018
Box 1
Kyle, 2017
Box 1
Bill, 2017
Box 1
Zoe, 2017
Box 1
La'Dre, 2018
Box 1
Distant fairytale, 2018
Box 1
Suburban kaleidoscope, 2018
Box 1
Morning motivation, 2018
Box 1
The dining room, 2018
Box 1
Come with me, 2016
Box 1
Untitled (Hair tie), 2016
Box 1
Garage shoe collection, 2018
Box 1
In the name of Allah, 2018
Box 1
Tupac, 2016
Box 1
Bathtime, 2018
Box 1
Untitled (Conversation), 2018
Box 1
Brown Sugar, 2018
Box 1
Stevie, 2018
Box 1
Coffee table portraits, 2017
Box 1
Open door, 2016
Box 1
Accolades, 2017
Box 1
A family gathers, 2016
Box 1
Porch sittin', 2018
Box 1
House at dusk, 2018
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Akea Brionne Brown's work explores the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America.

She 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.

Brown received the 2018 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Documentarians of Color.


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Provenance

The Akea Brionne Brown photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed and described by Edward Coles, Paula Jeannet, and Alanna Styer, January 2019.

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2018-0183.

Other Notes

The photographs in this collection were printed with an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer, on Epson Archival Premium Luster inkjet paper, using Epson UltraChrome for Stylus Pro ink.