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Kesha Bruce

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Pella, Iowa

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Lives in

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US and France


Hunter College, CUNY, 2001, MFA Painting
University of Iowa, 1997, BFA Painting

photography, mixed-media


My work combines painting and photography
to explore memory, history, and mythological
tales. Each of my works lies at the cross roads
of African American folklore, childlike
sentimentality, and magical-spiritual belief.  

The narrative elements originate from a
religious upbringing that combined southern
Baptist tradition with both African and Native
American belief systems.  My  imagery stems
from my life-long fascination with folktales,
superstition, and storytelling. 

I use drawing, photography, and collage to
examine the historical and metaphysical
aspects of storytelling as they relate to the
modern African Diaspora.  Through collage
and layering, each work becomes a repository
for memories, dreams, and historical tales.

Recent Exhibits

Kesha Bruce participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2008 Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
May, 2008 New Works #11
Taller Boricua Galleries at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
Oct, 2012 Boys Don't Cry
Baang and Burne Contemporary
Oct, 2011 Of Faith, Power and Glory
Baang and Burne Contemporary
Exhibited with these artists
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curated with these artists
Kesha Bruce has curated with these artists:

Joseph Cultice Chris Jehly
Rich Tu Michael Kirchoff
Meyer Uranovsky
curated at these venues
Kesha Bruce has curated at these venues:

Baang and Burne Contemporary
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