Q&A: Nakeya Brown


  1. Q. What is it that interests you about photography? It allows me to think about color, physical space, and the significance of objects.
  2. A. Through photography I can use these elements to visualize lived experiences of Black womanhood in an expansive way.
  3. Q.What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural?
    A. Contact with ancestors, previous lives, and alternate dimensions seem plausible.
  4. Q. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be?
    A. Maya Angelou, I’ve always been fascinated by her transparency and honest encounter with motherhood.
  5. Q. Pick a field of science to be an expert within.
    A. Chemical Engineering or Physics.
  6. Q. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side.
    A. A job I already do full-time—mothering!
  7. Q. What is the next book you want to read?
    A. Black Futures edited by Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew
  8. Q. Most used camera?
    A. Nowadays it’s a Canon 5D Mark iii.
  9. Q. Pick a historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to.
    A. A late mid-century Bronner Brothers Trade show or any Black-owned pageant comparable within that time period.

Nakeya Brown was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her Bachelor of Art from Rutgers University and her Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Her work has been featured nationally in recent solo exhibitions at the Catherine Eldman Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2017), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI, 2017), the Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC, 2017) and The McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA, 2012); and in group exhibitions at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center (Baltimore, MD, 2018) the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (North Brentwood, MD, 2017), and the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL 2016 & 2013), among several others . She has presented her work internationally at the Museum der bildenden Künste (Leipzig, Germany, 2018) and NOW Gallery (London, U.K., 2017). Brown’s work has been featured in TIME, New York magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, The New Yorker, and Vice. Her work has been included in photography books Babe and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze.

To see more of Nakeya Brown’s work visit — nakeyab.com