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Nakeya Brown: In Private Moments

Presented by Top Rank Magazine

Opening Reception: Friday April 10, 2015, 6-9PM
Hosted by AFROPUNK

Artist Talk: Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4PM
Nakeya Brown in conversation with Kimberly Drew, founder of Black Contemporary Art

TOP RANK Magazine and FiveMyles is pleased to present In Private Moments, an exhibition featuring the photography of Nakeya Brown. Brown's whimsically colored, minimally composed still-lives examine the visualization of black womanhood by engaging with the fraught cultural politics of hair. With a conceptual focus on the objects and rituals of hair maintenance, Brown's portraits present the duality of emotions associated with black hair aesthetics - happiness and pain; beauty and sacrifice; collectivity and alienation - to render visible the deeply intimate process of self-representation.
Brown's photography is featured in the inaugural issue of TOP RANK Magazine.

Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University. Her work has been exhibited at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Woman Made Gallery, Vivid Solutions Gallery, and Mason Gross Gallery. Brown’s work has been reviewed by The Washington City Paper, African & Afro-Diasporan Art Talks, ForHarriet, and has been published by international publications Hysteria and Tonelit. She is a recipient of the Hortense May Boutell, Richard T. Evans, and Winifred Todd Farah endowments. She is currently pursuing her M.F.A at The George Washington University. Nakeya lives in Washington, D.C with her 2-year-old daughter, Mia.

Top Rank magazine is a Brooklyn-based publication that profiles women of diverse backgrounds who are driving, shaping, and challenging the world around them. Top Rank women are leaders in the arts, academia, social justice, technology, and fashion worlds.


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