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b. 1991, USA

Khaleb Brooks Biography

U.K.-based artist Khaleb Brooks creates work addressing their personal narratives relating to queerness, Blackness, and collective memory.

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Education

Originally from Chicago, Brooks received their BA (International Studies/Women and Gender Studies) from Arcadia in London in 2013. In 2015, they received their MSc (Violence, Conflict and Development) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Khaleb Brooks Artworks

Brooks' interdisciplinary practice interrogates Blackness, as well as queer narratives, transness, and collective memory. Using media including painting, printmaking, sound, and video, Brooks encourages a reflection upon the history of violence towards black people across the globe. Brooks has often approached the black figure through a surrealist and folk lens, while also navigating contemporary issues.

Tryna Make a Way out of no way

In their large-scale painting Tryna Make a Way out of no way (2020), Brooks depicts a mermaid lounging on a bed whilst holding a horn. This horn references one owned by African American soldier Prince Simbo, who fought with the Continental Army during the 18th-century American Revolution. The work considers ideas of sexuality, sensuality, emancipation, and liberation.

Black Boys Can Swim

Black Boys Can Swim (2021) is a video performance that addresses the stereotype that black people cannot swim. Shot in Lamu in Kenya, the video explores the community's relationship with water. Men are seen working on traditional sailboats, with children playing in the ocean, as well as Brooks' own characters – combining myth-making with lived experience.

Can I Get A Witness

Brooks often draws from personal experience. For their solo exhibition, Can I Get A Witness (2022) at Gazelli Art House in London, the artist presented works reflecting on their childhood, having grown up in a black, female-led home. Chronicling Brooks' life prior to their gender-affirming surgery, these intimate works juxtapose personal imagery with images related to the policing of black women's bodies. Can I Get A Witness explores narratives around the political, queer, familial, and spiritual.

Residencies

Brooks has held residencies at major institutions including the Liverpool International Slavery Museum and Tate Modern. At the Tate, Brooks conducted research and held workshops on the transatlantic slave trade, in response to the museum's collection.

Exhibitions

Khaleb Brooks has held solo exhibitions at Gazelli Art House, London (2022); WE DEY, Vienna (2018); and the Paper Box, Brooklyn (2014).

Brooks' work has been included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2022); Schwules Museum, Berlin (2019); and the Venice Biennale (2019).

Website and Instagram

Khaleb Brooks' website can be found here, and their Instagram can be found here.

Arianna Mercado | Ocula | 2022

Khaleb Brooks Featured Artworks

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The Session Series: What Chu Lookin at Ho?, Before by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting
Khaleb Brooks The Session Series: What Chu Lookin at Ho?, Before, 2020 Linocut on 200gsm paper
150 x 119 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
The Session Series: After by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork print
Khaleb Brooks The Session Series: After, 2020 Linocut on 200gsm paper
153 x 193 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
The Session Series: During by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting
Khaleb Brooks The Session Series: During, 2020 Linocut on 200gsm paper
242 x 74 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Love In Her Eyes: The Self Inflicted Pressure to Be Pro- found by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting
Khaleb Brooks Love In Her Eyes: The Self Inflicted Pressure to Be Pro- found, 2018 Oil and leather on cotton
147.3 x 147.3 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
The Brilliant by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Khaleb Brooks The Brilliant, 2018 Oil, embroidery, beads on bedroom curtain
165 x 126 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
I Think I’ll Call It Morning by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting
Khaleb Brooks I Think I’ll Call It Morning, 2019 Linocut, ink, fabric, acrylic on canvas
199.4 x 231.1 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Drexciya by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting
Khaleb Brooks Drexciya, 2021 Acrylic, pastel and parchment on canvas
195.6 x 195.6 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Bind It Up by Khaleb Brooks contemporary artwork painting
Khaleb Brooks Bind It Up, 2021 Acrylic on paper
59.7 x 78.7 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery

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