Pelenakeke Brown

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A woman with long black hair parted in the middle, brown skin and brown eyes, looking serious.Pelenakeke Brown (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer. Her practice explores the intersections between disability cultural concepts and Sāmoan cultural concepts. Her practice investigates sites of knowledge that hold both and she uses technology, writing, poetry, and performance to explore these ideas.

She has performed and exhibited her work in the US, UK, and Germany. She was recognised with a Pacific Toa award at the Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Awards in 2020 as well as receiving the Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance Artistry Award in 2019.

She has worked with The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, (NY) Gibney Dance Center (NY) and The Goethe Institute ( DE) and other cultural institutions. She has held residencies with Eyebeam (NY), AXIS Dance Company (CA), The Laundromat Project (NY), Denniston Hill (NY), and The Vermont Studio Center (VT). Her non-fiction creative work has been published in The Hawai‘i Review, Apogee Journal, and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

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