Minor Matters is developing first monographs with Selena Kearney (above left) and Adrian L. Burrell (above right), aiming for 2023 pre-sales launches.
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.
Object. OBJECT. The word can be used as a noun, or as a verb, to very different ends. With the choice of this word photographer Selena Kearney deftly pulls viewers into a complex dialogue through her series Object / Ritual. As national debates continue over the perpetuation of stereotypical imagery of Indigenous people, particularly in sports and other elements of popular culture, Minor Matters is honored to work with Kearney to conclude her five-year exploration of these fraught objects through developing it as her first book.
“Object/Ritual questions the relationship between subject and object by re-presenting misappropriations of Native culture, and confronting the commodification of Native identity. My selection of commercially produced costumes evolved to include uniforms and masks from a variety of sources. The fragmented and isolated objects point toward the cultural erasure inherent to American expansionism. I use artifice, appearance, and play to invert these commercial artifacts, resisting the apathy that can remain from the uncontrolled growth and replication of inauthentic Native products. “
Raised on the Chehalis Reservation in the state of Washington, Selena Kearney (b. 1979) uses photography as a tool to serve her community, and as a vehicle for artistic expression, a practice rooted in kinship, relationality, and representation from her experience as an Indigenous person.
Kearney holds a Certificate in Fine Art Photography from Photographic Center Northwest and is a candidate for a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College. She is the skipper for the elder-led canoe family from Suquamish, Spirit of the Raven, and works and lives in Seattle, Washington.