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Bradly Dever Treadaway
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: Honored to be chosen as a 2017 BRIC Media Arts Fellow Bradly Dever Treadaway is a Brooklyn and New Orleans based artist and teacher utilizing lens-based image making, sculpture, installation and performance to comment on the breakdown of intergenerational communication. His work revolves around fleeting family histories visualized through archival interventions and elevated domestic rituals while questioning material significance within the photographic medium. Treadaway creates memorials, monuments and mnemonic devices to fading family histories using with personal and public archives, recontextualizing the archive to serve as form, medium, subject matter and concept.
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I’m Gone is a performance and installation that reflects upon confinement and the systematic validation of archival records as a metaphor for death and escape, played out in collaborative gestures by Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway. I’m Gone è una performance e istallazione che e riflette sulla reclusione e la validazione sistematica di documenti d'archivio come una metafora per la morte e la fuga, attroverso i gesti di collaborativi di Justin Randolph Thompson e Bradly Dever Treadaway.





Booked For Safekeeping addresses faltering outlets for the containment and expression of violent impulses, the reactionary bluster of discourse in contemporary society and the isolation and paranoia developing within American communities. Juxtaposed against the grace, rhythm and force inherent within the motions of a boxer engaged in battle with himself are archival images from a 1960 film produced by the Louisiana Association for Mental Health addressing the apprehension and incarceration of disturbed people. While investigating the propensity and commonality of violence, the piece alludes to the distressing shift in tone and approach regarding the policing of communities, wherein patience, compassion, and de-escalation are too often replaced with militaristic distance and aggressive control. Premiered at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival.


 








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