Nakeya Brown November 3 — December 30, 2017

I use photography as a tool to extract and redefine the symbols of femininity. My practice centers itself on black female subjectivity, black beauty, and often uses hair as an apparatus to identify facets of womanhood. I utilize time-specific effects that have racialized, commodified, and cultural relevance in relationship to black women's bodies and lived experiences. The shower cap, the hot comb, vinyl records depicting images of iconic African-American songstresses, the perm kit, and hair dryers are just a few of the articles I photograph to entwine the materiality of the world with identity formation.

Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and her Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Her photography has been exhibited at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Woman Made Gallery, Hamiltonian Gallery, and The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. Brown’s work has been featured in New York Mag, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, TIME, and Vice. Her work has been included in photography books Babe and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze. Brown was awarded the 2017 Snider Prize by the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C with her 5 year-old daughter, Mia.

If Nostalgia Were Colored Brown images are available as 24 x 16" pigment prints made in an edition 7 for $1500. Hair Stories Untold images are available as 16 x 20" pigment prints made in an edition 5 for $1800.


Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Nakeya Brown
Before I Lay Me Down To Sleep, 2014
Nakeya Brown
Lovin’, Livin’, & Givin’, 2014
Nakeya Brown
Shower Crown Royal, 2014
Nakeya Brown
The Art of Drying, 2014