Adrian L. Burrell (b. 1990, Oakland, California) is a third-generation Oakland artist working across photography, film, installation and experimental media. His work examines issues of race, class, and intergenerational dynamics to invite moments where collective storytelling can be a site for remembering.
Burrell has lived and worked on four continents. He is a US Marine Corps veteran, and a graduate of San Francisco Art Institute ( BFA, film) and Stanford University (MFA, Department of Art & Art History). At Stanford he lectured, served as the Black Graduate Student Community Outreach Chair, and is currently a visiting artist with Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts. He is also a resident at SFFILM, and a YBCA Creative Cohort fellow (2021-22).
His work has been featured through The New Yorker, BlackStar Film Festival, and PopUp Magazine (2022); Photoville, New York and the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2020); and at SXSW (2013), among others.
He received the SF Camerawork Juror's Choice Award in 2019. In 2021, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art acquired his piece “It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?” This collective self-portrait series of photographs examines normalized violence inflicted on Black lives.
His first monograph is titled Sugarcane & Lightning. We anticipate launch for pre-sales in early 2023.