Sheila Pree Bright
HEROES, VICTORIES & TRIUMPHS
February 3-28, 2017
Sheila Pree Bright is engaged in a quest “to change the way black bodies are being seen,” represented and conceptualized. With social and racial justice struggles as points of departure to investigate, educate and explore, her work demonstrates the participant eye of an activist unwilling to sit on the sidelines as history is made. Heroes, Victories, & Triumphs shows the ongoing struggle against injustice and particularly Pree Bright’s celebration of the beauty of individuals, hopes, and struggles of the people and moments represented.
#1960Now shows an intimate view of demonstrations and marches, in which there is a deep and empathetic humanism that resists simple categorization. The large scale portraits come directly out of the tradition of the great portraitists capturing the people who might otherwise be a passing news image. Equal parts documentary and homage, the formal qualities are matched by the sense of respect for the changing tide of history and those that play central roles.
Sheila Pree Bright’s work challenge what we see and how we see it. Within the current context of momentous changes that surround us, her work refreshes our sense of the possible and expands our notions of the beautiful. -Keith Miller, curator
Photos Courtesy of Sheila Pree Bright