Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

'Get Home Safe'

For the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley presents an immersive and interactive installation that centers the lived experiences of Black trans people. GET HOME SAFE consists of virtual, digital, and physical components: video portraits, vinyl wall graphics, and a video game designed by the artist that draws on the history and aesthetics of online role-playing games. In the game, viewers explore what it means to walk home at night in certain bodies, while the physical installation further personifies the navigation of these realities. The artist’s unique style in the works on view is characterized by drawing with text, rearranging recorded data into new legible forms.

Artwork
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, "GET HOME SAFE" (still), 2022, UPBGE interactive video game, dimensions variable, edition 1 of 4 + 2 artist’s proofs. Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery.

About the artist

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (b. 1995, London) is a Berlin/London-based artist. They received a B.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2019. Brathwaite-Shirley works predominantly in animation, sound, performance, and video game development. Their practice focuses on intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell the stories of Black trans people. The artist’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and performances at institutions such as Art Night Dundee; Villa Arson, Nice; FACT Liverpool; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Project Arts Centre, Ireland; Skänes konstförening, Malmö, Sweden; arebyte Gallery, London; QUAD, Derby, England; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Tate Modern, London; Focal Point Gallery, London; Science Gallery, London; and MU Hybrid Art House, London. Their work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Julia Stoschek Foundation, Berlin; Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich; Les Urbaines, Lausanne; and Barbican, London.

Credits

GET HOME SAFE is organized by SCAD Museum of Art assistant curator Brittany Richmond.

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