iona rozeal brown

June 1 – September 25, 2011

  • iona rozeal brown, American, born 1966, (Left): a3 blackface #69, (Right): a3 blackface #670, 2004, Acrylic on paper,African American Art Purchase Fund

In the “a3” series (“afro-asiatic allegory”), iona rozeal brown explores the confluence of African American and Asian cultures, and the global impact of hip-hop. Mimicking seventeenth-century Japanese woodblock prints, Brown depicts geishas and kabuki actors adorned with markers of twenty-first-century hip-hop culture—gold jewelry, elaborate acrylic fingernails, Afros and baggy clothes. This unexpected combination of periods and styles offers a profound commentary on mimicry, stereotyping, and non-Western constructions of black identity.


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