Imani Jacqueline Brown

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Imani Jacqueline Brown
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New Orleans, LA
Education(2019) Received Master of Arts (with a focus in Research Architecture) at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths at the University of London (2010) Received Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Visual Arts at Columbia University

Imani Jacqueline Brown is a researcher and artist from New Orleans, LA. She uses her research to delve deeper into activism through her interest on the economic, social, and environmental wrongdoing of extractivism.[1]

Personal Life

Brown has developed an interest in film photography.[2]


Brown is involved in the following organizations/ institutions: Open Society Foundations, Fossil Free Fest (FFF), Forensic Architecture, Royal College of Art,[1] and Occupy Museums.[2]

Open Society Foundations - Researcher

The Open Society Foundations is known to provide for scholars who have a unique perspective on societal issues. [3] As a 2019 researcher, Brown continues to focus on her interests - which include fighting against the economic inequality created by the overuse of fossil fuels. She studies this inequity through mapping techniques she has learned as a student.[4] Brown's thoughts on this inequality surround how it both enables and allows corporations to continue to benefit off of others, financially.

Fossil Free Fest - Founder, Artistic Director, and AFIELD Fellow

The Fossil Free Fest (FFF) is festival that provides a safe space to discuss how much of today's necessities are being funded through funds from those extracting fossil fuels.[5] Brown believes "giving" has a strain on society since these corporations are taking from the environment; however, they are giving back to society. This way of "charity" is controversial and is exactly why Brown created the Fossil Free Fest (FFF).[6] In 2019, Brown received the AFIELD fellowship because she founded the Fossil Free Fest (FFF).[7] Additionally, Brown directs this, and this Fest is a part of Antenna.[8]

Forensic Architecture - Economic Inequality Fellow

The Forensic Architecture studies and evaluates human rights issues around the world.[9] As an Economic Inequality Fellow, some of her research examples of her research are police brutality, fossil fuel production, unfair corporation power. [10] Through her research, Brown unveils the inequalites present throughout society. Her most recent work, Police Brutality at the Black Lives Matter Protests, explores the violence police have created at Black Lives Matter protests.[11] She further pushes for the need for changes to make a difference in the inequalities present in society.

Royal College of Art - Visiting Lecturer for the Environmental Architecture Program

Brown's department, Environmental Architecture at the Royal College of Art, centers much its focus on how environmental, life, and earth systems all connect with one another.[12] Because of this, Brown continues her journey of understanding the continued benefit of corporations through the extracation of fossil fuels. As a visiting lecturer, Brown studies and discusses how extractivism displays the truth of American society. This "truth" is the continued capitalistic gain that is created through extracting natural resources. She notes her studies are through her "public action research."[6]

Occupy Museums - Member

The Occupy Museums is an accumulation of artists who are a part of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Brown has worked with other artists on Debtfair (a shared project). This project demonstrates the impact of finances on an artists' art.[13]

Past Projects

In Brown's past, she was a part of Blights Out[14] and Antenna.[15]

Blights Out - Co-Founder

Brown co-founded Blights Out[16]. Blights Out is an accumulation of activists, architects, and artists who want change with housing development and displacement[14]. These individuals want to show the reality and impact of gentrification. Eventually, Brown was able to be a part of projects within the organization. These projects included: 1731-2001, The Living Glossary, Blights Out for Mayor, and Blights Out for President.[1]

Antenna - Director of Programs

Antenna is an organization that is actively assisting writers and artists in the New Orleans|New Orleans, LA area.[15] This is how the organization intends on keeping the New Orleans city culture alive. As the Director of Programs, she eventually founded the Fuel Free Fest (FFF).[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brown, Imani Jacqueline. "bio — Imani Jacqueline Brown". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Imani Jacqueline Brown". The Alliance. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  3. "Open Society Fellowship". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  4. "Open Society Fellowship". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  5. "Fossil Free Fest – #fossilfreeculture". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Imani Jacqueline Brown". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  7. "Imani Jacqueline Brown - Fellowship - Council". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Goldsmith, University of London". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  9. "Forensic Architecture". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  10. "Forensic Architecture". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  11. "Forensic Architecture". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  12. "Environmental Architecture". RCA Website. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  13. "Occupy Museums, Introduction". Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Home". Blights Out. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "About Antenna". Antenna.Works. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  16. "About". Blights Out. Retrieved 2020-11-22.

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