Akea Brionne

Akea Brionne is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist, working within Afro-Surrealism. Her practice explores the relationship between history and contemporary society. Working in lens-based media and textiles, the work analyzes the impact of colonial systems on cultural storytelling, memory, assimilation, and the African Diaspora, primarily within American and Caribbean society.

Brionne is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and was raised in Baltimore. She currently lives and works between Detroit, MI and Kansas City, MO. Brionne is currently an AICAD Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Born in 1996 in Louisiana
Lives and works in Detroit, MI

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Installation view of Akea Brionne: Trying to Remember at Library Street Collective, 2023-2024

I explore a lot of ideas surrounding displacement, assimilation, and the preservation and reclamation of ancestral wisdom through storytelling, Surrealism, and world building as a Creole woman.

— Akea Brionne

Selected Work

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The Moon Directs the Sea, 2023
Jacquard, Rhinestones, Thread, Poly-fil
48h x 96w in

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Detail of All Noir, You’re a Star, 2023
Jacquard, Rhinestones, Thread and Poly-fil
48h x 48w in