Pelenakeke Brown

Image: Laura Hetzel

Image: Laura Hetzel

Pelenakeke (Keke) Brown hails from Aotearoa/New Zealand and is a Samoan, afakasi, disabled, queer artist. Her practice is multidisciplinary and spans drawing, writing and movement. She is a current recipient of Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance Artistry Award. She is the Assistant Director of Culture Push, a NYC based non-profit arts organization.

For more information on Keke Brown please visit: http://www.kekebrown.com/about

Crossings,  Giclee print on Hahnemühle German Etching, 6 prints at 14” x 11”, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

Crossings, Giclee print on Hahnemühle German Etching, 6 prints at 14” x 11”, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London

Crossings, 2019 Giclee print on Hahnemühle German Etching 6 prints at 14” x 11”

Inspired by the invitation prompt sent by the In*ter*Island Collective, I have centered the ocean/moana and wahine. I have created this work using the visual language I am developing inspired by Samoan tatau symbols worn by women via the malu, created using the computer keyboard. The keyboard for me is a tool for me to create work which honors both crip time and the concept of the vā. The keyboard becomes a crossover site that intersects my many identities and art forms, as well as becoming a tool for freedom and creativity of expression.

Crossings,  Giclee print on Hahnemühle German Etching, 6 prints at 14” x 11”, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares

Crossings, Giclee print on Hahnemühle German Etching, 6 prints at 14” x 11”, 2019 Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui Squares