artist nominated by Zoé Whitley

Diedrick Brackens

1989 · Mexia, Texas, USA

Brackens is a renowned artist celebrated for his tapestries and textile sculptures that range from pieces with abstracted images to narrative scenes that depict black figures in silhouettes. Employing the traditional practice of weaving, Brackens explores social, political and personal issues through a contemporary lens, in works that weigh matters of race, representation, class, gender and sexuality. Diedrick Brackens received an MFA from the California College of the Arts and is Program Head of the Fiber Department at CSU Long Beach. His work has been shown in exhibitions at The New Museum, New York; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; and Johansson Projects, Oakland.

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