Photo by  Paige Ricks

Photo by Paige Ricks

Kierra Jenaé Johnson is an Oakland based artist and photographer originally from Decatur, GA. Her work addresses the everyday aspect of spirituality, beauty, friendships and familial relationships. She has been commissioned by Walker & Co, Google, Ernst & Young, MakeDo, Fast Forward, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

In 2017, her ongoing project Embrace was part of the Black Women over Breathing group exhibition co-curated by Danielle McCoy and Adrian Walker in Oakland, CA. 

Embrace, started in Ghana, explores African diaspora cultural traditions and how they are expressed though the body. A new branch of the project, Signify, emerged after Kierra's travels back home to the American South and West coast. 

Kierra presented her first solo exhibition, SIGNIFY, curated by Anyka Barber at Betti Ono Gallery in May 2018.  

She is currently available for visual projects and creative consulting. 

Contact Kierra - kierrajjohnson@gmail.com

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018 First Friday Guide - May Edition, East Bay Express

2018 Betti Ono Presents: Kierra Johnson's SIGNIFYNook and Cranny

2017 A Reclamation of Power for Black Women in OaklandKQED

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018 The Black Woman is God: The Assembly of Gods, SOMArts, SF

2018 SIGNIFY, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland (solo)

2017 Black Women over Breathing, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland  

 

TALKS

2018 Black Cultural Memory and Placekeeping in Art, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland

2017 Process and Place, Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland