Yrneh Gabon

Yrneh Gabon Brown is a Jamaican born, Multi-disciplinary, Mixed media and performance artist based in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) BFA with (Hons) and Otis College of Arts and Design, (MFA). Yrneh is a multi-disciplinary artist that seeks to balance and intersect artistic representation with social activism and social commentary, particularly regarding issues pertinent to Africa and people within its Diaspora. In 2014, after travels and research in Tanzania, Jamaica and across America, Gabon was given his first solo and major body of work at the California African American Museum CAAM entitled “Visibly Invisible”; Albinism in Tanzania, Jamaica, and the USA through his eyes.

The Assignment Series: A response to the book titled the 2022 Edition of the literary work by Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah “The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born” (1968).

In responding to the exhibition and panel discussion “The Beautiful Ones are Born” I find myself reflecting on some of the many trips I traveled across Africa and always drawn to the children. Through these four images of children, I titled: A Sun Salute, Uprising, Senegambia, and Lone Survivor.

Sun Salute” Brings about the conversation within the Islamic faith from the girl to the future of the woman, in a time of women’s empowerment, she is like the rising and setting sun.

Uprising” is about hope and the future of young Africans navigating a fast-changing Africa, still shackled to ancient traditions and norms, deciding life’s path and direction.

Senegambia” begs the question of why maintaining borders when it is one people with two languages from their English and French colonizers.

Lone Survivor” in search of purpose and prospect, this young boy, sitting on the Ghost of a bike, but resurrected the living spirit of what it means to dream beyond an actual location. I see myself in the heart of the Lone Survivor in search of the tomorrow he will create. These images were taken from photographs I took, with permission from the subjects. They are not representational, and a cash donation was exchanged for photographs taken. I can only hope that day across Africa, we will know peace and unity as a people.

A Sunshine Salute
Yrneh Gabon
40 x 40
Mixed media
2022

Lone Survivor
Yrneh Gabon
40 x 40
Mixed media
2022

SeneGambia
Yrneh Gabon
40 x 40
Mixed media
2022

Now or Never
Yrneh Gabon
40 x 40
Mixed media
2022

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