If Nostalgia Were Colored Brown

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    Festivalzentrale: Atelier Augarten
  • © Nakeya Brown © Nakeya Brown

Through the nine tableaus, Nakeya Brown utilizes the power of objects to cultivate the intimate moments of what it is to be a Black woman. These are the self- care legacies passed down through the generations to carve moments of selfcelebration and joy. Brown’s photographic practice consistently amplifies and makes space for Black female voices, which, historically, photography has systematically erased. Her work is a contemporary discourse around an aesthetic that has shaped the politics of a Black female cultural identity. The arrangement of these ‘ordinary’ objects disrupts a standard that has often forced Black women into the role of subjects without power or agency. These objects of beautification are a powerful connector to an aesthetic history of cultural identity — political and racial. Brown’s work is both a tender look into her own personal experience of these beauty rituals and a tool for a broader commentary on the misogynoir faced by Black women in America today.

Brown seeks to uplift the celebratory facets of the Black female experience. Employing a photographic cultural language and the connective power of these objects of beautification, such as combs, dryers, styling gel, and heated rollers, which share a stage with carefully selected album covers by female disco R&B artists, she creates a journey, a history, a memory, and a message.

Brown’s work is cultural activism. She blends a rich, soulful aesthetic with a powerful political message, beauty with potency.

Nakeya Brown

1 Festivalzentrale: Atelier Augarten
Scherzergasse 1A, 1020

Exhibition duration
09 – 27 March 2022
täglich 11:00– 19:00

09 March, 17:00