Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

GET HOME SAFE is a solo exhibition of new work by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in animation, sound, performance, and video game development. Her practice focuses on intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell the stories of Black Trans people. GET HOME SAFE is an immersive, interactive installation, and part of an ongoing archival project where she endeavors to remedy the state of erasure in which Black Trans lives have been removed from records of the past, accounts of the present, and visions of the future.

Throughout her work, Brathwaite-Shirley develops imagery and language based on everyday details of Black Trans experiences. She seeks to illuminate without unnecessarily centering the trauma and violence that so often affect those experiences and to provide multiple entry points into emerging narrative themes. For Brathwaite-Shirley, archives become spaces for amplifying the voices of Black Trans people. 

In GET HOME SAFE, technology is combined with references to very real human qualities, and therefore, becomes a way to imagine Black Trans lives in environments that prominently center their bodies—those living, those that have passed, those that have been forgotten, and those that have yet to be born.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley produced a solo performance work at Tate Modern, London, in 2020. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at QUAD, Derby, England (2021); Focal Point Gallery, London (2020); Science Gallery, London (2020); and MU Hybrid Art House, London (2020). Group exhibitions include Re$$urection Lands, Les Urbaines, Lausanne, Switzerland (2019); BBZ GRADUATE SHOW, Copeland Gallery, London (2019); and Transpose: The Future, Barbican, London (2018). Brathwaite-Shirley lives and works in London.

The exhibition is on view through July 1, 2022.

DREAMS LOST BEFORE THEY WERE BORN  •  2022

DREAMS LOST BEFORE THEY WERE BORN

Vinyl on acrylic panel
48 x 48 inches
Photography: Lee Thompson Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery

2022  •  Photography: Lee Thompson Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery

H3 (haunting Chloe Filani) & H4 (haunting Danielle Brathwaite- Shirley)  •  2021

H3 (haunting Chloe Filani) & H4 (haunting Danielle Brathwaite- Shirley)

Still of video hologram diptych
Installation dimensions variable
Edition of 4 with 2 AP
Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery

2021  •  Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery

Installation view of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: GET HOME SAFE  •  2022

Installation view of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: GET HOME SAFE

Installation view of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: GET HOME SAFE, May 27–July 1, 2022, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Jeff McLane.

2022  •  Photo: Jeff McLane

Installation view of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: GET HOME SAFE  •  2022

Installation view of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: GET HOME SAFE

Installation view of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: GET HOME SAFE, May 27–July 1, 2022, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Jeff McLane.

2022  •  Photo: Jeff McLane.