Betti Ono Presents: Kierra Johnson’s Signify

“Kierra is a gifted storyteller and has given us a beautifully nuanced visual narrative, with depth, language and technique that honors the subjects and setting,” says Betti Ono founder, Anyka Barber. “She represents so much of the Betti Ono DNA. Her work is unapologetic.”

SIGNIFY?, a deeply personal and reflective series of portraits by photographer Kierra
Johnson, is the latest exhibition opening at Oakland’s Betti Ono Gallery (1427 Broadway,
Oakland). Inspired by cinematic works such as Eve’s Bayou and Soul Food and the lived
experience of working class Black people, the portraits in SIGNIFY ?take visitors on a journey through the American South to California while exploring the body’s ability to hold on to culture.

“When Betti Ono presented me with the opportunity to present my first solo exhibition, it felt affirming,” says Johnson whose work was featured in Black Women Over Breathing show curated by Adrian O. Walker and Danielle McCoy. “To have the support of and be in complete alignment with a gallery so early in my career is a dream come true.”

SIGNIFY? opens to the public on Friday May 4th with an opening reception during Oakland Art Murmur with from 6-9pm. Please contact Niema Jordan (niema.jordan@gmail.com) to RSVP for the media
preview and interview Kierra Johnson and Anyka Barber about the upcoming show.

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