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Drop #7January 2023Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Extended Family: Lakea Shepard

Extended Family is a showcase series presented by GBA/Guilty By Association for their neighbor Ace Hotel Brooklyn gallery from January-March 2023. Tapping into Ace Hotel Brooklyn’s long standing support for textile arts, GBA features three artists whose fiber practices blur the lines of art, design and fashion.

In January, GBA’s Extended Family will launch with sculptor and milliner Lakea Shepard. Hailing from Winston-Salem North Carolina, she currently is participating in a year-long artist residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her intricate masks draw from traditional African techniques like weaving, beading, and basketry, resulting in mythical objects of protection that double as emblems of Blackness.
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