Imani is an artist, activist, researcher, and writer from New Orleans. Her work investigates the continuum of Extractivism, which spans from colonialism to climate change.
Imani is an artist, activist, researcher, and writer from New Orleans. Her work investigates the continuum of Extractivism, which spans from colonialism to climate change. As she airs the compressed layers of violence and resistance that structure US society, Imani opens portals to ecological reparations.
School, Centre or Area
Imani draws on a variety of practical and conceptual visual, linguistic, and organising tactics to investigate extractive systems and envision ecological reparations. Her work oscillates across scales, generations, and dimensions, moving from the bird’s-eye-view to the ancestor’s-eye-view.
Economic Inequality Fellow, Open Society Foundations, 2019-2021
Current and Recent Research Projects
She initiated the project Unraveling Industry, which demystifies the history and corporate ownership of oil infrastructure in Louisiana, maps infrastructure by company, and makes a case that extraction constitutes unjust enrichment.
Imani is a researcher with Forensic Architecture. There, she initiated and leads an investigation into Environmental Racism in Death Alley, Louisiana, and is a researcher on Police Brutality at the 2020 Black Lives Matter Protests.
Imani’s practice has long been collective; she was a co-founder of Blights Out, a collective of artists, activists, and architectects investigating predatory development in gentrifying post-Katrina New Orleans; she initiated Fossil Free Fest, a festival to celebrate the end of the Fossil Fuel Era and examine the ethical entrapments of fossil fuel philanthropy; and she was a core member of Occupy Museums, a collective of artists calling out the financialisation of art and culture.
Among other things, Imani is also an economic inequality fellow with Open Society Foundations.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
Imani is the editor of MARCH issue 2: Black Ecologies.
Black ecologies: an opening, an offering, MARCH, a journal of art and strategy, March 2021.
To the pigeons on my balcony: a love letter, CC:World, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, August 2020.
Should we consider fossil fuel extraction an unjust enterprise?, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, 10 Feb 2020.
Between You and Me: Imani Jacqueline Brown & Kenneth Pietrobono, Art Practical, 24 July 2018.
Blights Out, Zombifying Neighborhoods, the Cultural Ramifications of Gentrification in New Orleans, Shelterforce, 23 August 2017.
The Black Market: Kevin Brisco, Jr. at Good Children Gallery, Pelican Bomb, 28 July 2017.
Performing Bare Life, global activism, Krytyka Polityczna, 10 Sept 2014.