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United States 1988

My work addresses the implications of cultural appropriation in relationship to the effect of colonialism on individualized culture. I explore issue of a reverse appropriation within the context of contemporary society. I begin to express these concepts through material application and within the process itself. I assign traits of a non specific indigenous culture to portraits of individuals from the 1900s to mimic the process of taking a valuable aspect of a subservient culture and re-appropriating it within a dominate culture without consideration of its origin or meaning.

The images are created from contact prints that were made using found glass plate negatives. In order to make the prints appear to more authentic to the time period, I applied the attributes of the individualized culture through the process of hand drawing them on acetate and then laying them on top of the negative to show how things potentially could have appeared if reverse appropriation had occurred much earlier in history. For this same reason I chose to render the images in the form of oil paintings.

To address the concept within the context of contemporary society I incorporate the use of technology to create distorted renderings from the original photographic prints. The distorted images speak of the way aspects of the individualized culture are lost between the distance of time from actual existence, subversion, and re appropriation. I create the distorted images from taking a photograph of the photographic print using a cell phone camera and then I print them on untreated acetate sheets using an inkjet printer. While the ink is still wet I spray them with fixative to make the images look like they are disintegrating. Through each step taken to reach the distorted more abstracted representation of the images they subsequently lose clarity. This mimics the way these things are inevitably lost in translation over long periods of time.

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OPEN STUDIOS December 2016

Britni Franklin: Portraits of Appropriation

Portraits of Appropriation
Installation 4' x 4' x 6" 2015

Britni Franklin: Bilagaanna

Mixed Media 11" x 8" 2014

Britni Franklin: Penthesilea

Mixed Media 11" x 8" 2014

Britni Franklin: Where the Wind Blows Down the Gap

Where the Wind Blows Down the Gap
Contact Print 6" x 8" 2013

Britni Franklin: Meal of Myriad Lives

Meal of Myriad Lives
Mixed Media 48" x 52" 2012

Britni Franklin: Lights of the Past

Lights of the Past
Mixed media 7" x 9" 2016



BFA, Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Work Experience

Art Teacher's Assistant, Wilde Lake High School,Columbia, Maryland

Events Assistant, ESB Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas

Group Exhibitions

Identity Redux, Mr. Beast Gallery, Savannah, Georgia

Variety Show, Badlands, Austin, Texas
Paper Jam, Bone Black Print Studio, Austin,Texas
East Austin Studio Tour, Big Medium, Austin, Texas


Zhukov, Felice. “Departure (Death)” Untold Method, Issue 5, October 2012, Pg 33­34