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Adrian Burrell


Adrian Burrell is a third-generation Oakland artist working across photography, film, installation and experimental media. His work examines issues of race, class, and intergenerational dynamics to invite moments where collective storytelling can be a site for remembering. His photographic series “It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?”, a collective self-portrait that examines normalized violence inflicted on Black lives, was acquired for SFMOMA’s permanent collection in 2021. His work has been featured at SXSW (2013), Photoville in New York City (2020), Pingyao International Photography Festival in China (2020), BlackStar Film Festival (2022), and in The New Yorker (2022). Burrell was the S.F. Camerawork Juror’s Choice Award recipient (2019) and a YBCA Creative Cohort fellow (2021-22). Burrell has lived and worked on four continents, he is a US Marine Corps veteran, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in film and Stanford University with an MFA from the Department of Art & Art History, where he lectured and served as the Black Graduate Student Community Outreach Chair. He is currently a visiting artist with Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts and a resident at SFFILM.