Definition of Red, Bre’Ann White’s debut solo exhibition opened on February 16th at PLAYGROUND DETROIT, presenting her latest series of stunning photographs. To celebrate her first gallery exhibition, she has released a selection of images as limited edition prints for purchase online, in addition to her framed large works on view in the gallery through March 16th.
Red is powerful, assertive and intense; according to Merriam-Webster, it is “a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the ruby.” Featuring thirteen large-scale portraits of Ronis, a dark-skinned South Sudanese model, the series confronts viewers with striking images, each capturing the bold beauty of red contrasted against dark skin to explore love, power, war and religion.
Across the world, red represents different symbolism including purity, luck, mourning and pride. Within this context, the model’s own heritage and history is highlighted through interpretation of the Sudanese Wars layered alongside Biblical references, many being original figures that descent from Africa not traditionally represented in mainstream religion.
Through her focus on increased representation of dark-skin models, she challenges the fashion world and mainstream media which continue to struggle with the glaring absence of their representation on a global scale. As an African-American female photographer, her work highlights and showcases the regality of models who are even darker than what is typically considered as ‘diverse’ consumed in advertising. The bold compositions and deep hues in her photographs celebrate dark skinned models and their ‘God-like’ representation as deities.
Bre’Ann White is a Detroit-based photographer and creative director. Since 2010, she has curated iconic photography and branding materials for notable clients and influencers globally. She is known for creating and cultivating striking imagery that draws the viewer into each of her subject’s world, executed with masterful set design and lighting filled with authenticity and imagination.
Her work draws on the shared connections of humanity and captures beauty through people and their body language, reminding her subjects how beautiful they are in their imperfections, and in doing so, provide that sense of empowerment to her audience as well.
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