RASHAYLA MARIE BROWN
Rashayla Marie Brown (lives and works in Chicago) is a lifelong nomad who has moved 24 times, who has managed a living studio practice across an extensive list of cultural production modes. Rashayla's work spans photographic and video-based image-making; performance and social engagement/disruption; curation and installation; and theoretical writings infused with autobiography, subjectivity, and spirituality.
She often mashes-up popular culture and collapse the “self” and the “other” as well as the “personal” and “political.” Using hokum, the "read," the code‑switch, and other black vernacular critical forms to question what is false and true, what is and what is not. These oppositional gestures intentionally reassign modes of representation as sites of resistance and choice, disorienting her audience from passive consumption.
Venus' Big Payoff, 2015, archival inkjet print, 20" x 24", edition of 5
You Can't See Me, Fool...(shortened title), 2014, archival inkjet print, 30" x 20", edition of 5
Snow Queen/Black Sister/Token/In a Sea of Whiteness/You, Sucka/Soul on Ice, 2014, archival inkjet print, 20" x 24", edition of 5
Wig Karma, 2014, archival inkjet print, 20" x 24", edition of 5
VIP, 2014, archival inkjet print, 16" x 20", edition of 5
- Rashayla Marie Brown reviewed in The Grace Jones Project in ARTFORUM Critics' Pick, 7/6/16
- Rashayla Marie Brown Can the Spectator Speak? at Aspect/Ratio Top 8 in TimeOut, 7/1/16
- Rashayla Marie Brown featured in Chicago Magazine, 6/23/16
- Rashayla Marie Brown highlighted in Modern Painters portfolio, 6/1/16
- Rashayla Marie Brown featured in NewCity, 4/30/15
- Rashayla Marie Brown in ARC Magazine, 1/31
- Rashayla Marie Brown in Chicago Magazine, 11/7/14