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A woman with freckles and braids, looking at the camera with her head cocked to the right of the frame.

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Garrett Bradley

She // Her // Hers

Artist and Filmmaker

New Orleans, Louisiana

Through portraiture and historical reimagination, I have experimented with both old and contemporary archives as a means for better understanding my own country, its history, and the possibilities that might exist for all tenses of time.”

Garrett Bradley is an American artist, educator, and Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Bradley’s work spans narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, and sociopolitical histories within the United States.

Bradley’s short documentary film Alone (2018), was the first of an ongoing series which focused on American incarceration from a distinctly Black southern, feminist perspective. In 2020, she presented her debut documentary feature length film, Time, which earned her an Oscar Nomination and a 2020 Peabody Award. Bradley's debut feature earned her the Best Director Award in the US Documentary Competition category at the Sundance Film Festival, making her the first Black woman in the history of the festival to win the award.

Bradley is cofounder of Creative Council, an artist-led afterschool program aimed at developing strong college portfolios and applications for students attending public high schools in New Orleans. Creative Council is supported by the New Orleans Video Access Center.

Bradley received her BA in Religion from Smith College and her MFA from UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Her publication, Devotion, is the first in a series of research-led publications on artists by MIT Press and Lisson Gallery. Bradley lives and works in New Orleans.

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This artist page was last updated on: 07.11.2024

A small dark theater with rows of empty chairs oriented towards an image projected on a back wall. The image is of a Black woman talking on a cell phone in the driver's seat of her car. The image is seen from outside of the vehicle. The lighting is dreamy and soft.

Garrett Bradley. Installation view of AKA, 2019. Whitney Biennial 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Photo by Ron Amstutz.

A dark gallery where one person stands facing a small screen in the corner of the room. The screen shows an image of a person seen from the waist up as they raise their hands outward and upward in front of a scrim. The scrim reflects a bright, silvery light and creates a rainbow halo around the person's outstretched arms.

Garrett Bradley. Installation view of Safe, 2022, Lisson Gallery, London, UK.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

A dark gallery with three screens adjoining perpendicularly; two run on a horizontal axis, and one intersects in the middle. Each has a different image of a Black couple in different poses. The images project off the screens and onto the empty walls, creating a dizzying effect.

Installation view of Projects: Garrett Bradley, 2020-2021. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Photo by Robert Gerhardt.