Adrianburrell

About

Adrian L. Burrell (Oakland, California) is a storyteller who uses photography, film, and site-specific installation to examine issues of race, class, gender, and intergenerational dynamics. His work focuses on notions of kinship, diasporic narratives, and the gaps between place and belonging. His series “Mama’s Babies” traces his family’s history through slavery, the Great Migration, the crack era, and the current displacement of Black people in Oakland through gentrification. 

Adrian won the 2019 SF Camerawork Juror’s Choice Award and the John Collier Award from SFAI. He has lived and worked on four continents and has exhibited work in spaces as varied as the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, Photoville in New York City, Pop-Up Magazine, and most recently, SFMOMA. A United States Marine Corps veteran,  Adrian earned a BFA in film from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently earning his MFA from Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History, where he serves as the Black Graduate Student Community Outreach Chair.

Awards

San Francisco, California
2019

Each year SF Camerawork invites an esteemed jury to curate its annual survey exhibition This year’s jurors Beryl Bevilacque (Artist Liaison, Jessica Silverman Gallery), Samantha Cooper (Photo Editor, Wired Magazine), and Erica Deeman (Artist) selected the work of 13 photographers from over 200 entries. This year, SF Camerawork presented the Juror’s Choice Award to Adrian Burrell. His series Mama’s Babies traces his family’s history through slavery, the Great Migration, the crack era, and the current displacement of Black people in Oakland through gentrification.

San Francisco, California
2018

The John Collier Award, endowed by Collier and his wife, Mary, recognizes photographers whose work addresses issues of anthropological and social significance. John Collier was a professor at the San Francisco Art Institute since the 1960s. This exhibition features photographers who have followed the documentary tradition.

San Francisco, California
2018

SFO Museum and PhotoAlliance held a photographic competition juried by distinguished professionals. 14 Winning works were exhibited at the SFO Museum and 33 Runner-up works were featured on the PhotoAlliance.org website and Facebook page garnering international viewing. All winning & runner-up entries were screened before a public PhotoAlliance lecture event in San Francisco.

Exhibitions

Richmond, Virginia Candela+ Gallery

2019

San Francisco, California SHOH Gallery

2019

Co-curated by Amir Saadiq | presented by ZANJ

Salt Lake City, Nevada NFDA International Convention & Expo

2018

The National Funeral Directors Association 2018 International Convention & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah drew 4,029 total attendees, representing 29 countries and territories. NFDA invited filmmakers from around the world to submit films that help convey the importance and power of memorializing lives. Three winning films were selected, the second-place film being "Tio Lino" by Adrian Burrell. It follows the life of a man in Brazil who chose to devote his time and talents to serving the disadvantaged youth in his community.

San Francisco, California Diego Rivera Gallery

2018

Group show curated by Linda Connor

SFAI BFA Exhibition

San Francisco, California Diego Rivera Gallery

2017