About

BIO

Rebekah Flake is a Canadian-American artist using lens-based media and curation to explore migration narratives and the psycho-social effects of borders. Raised in Mississippi, she references the inescapable persistence of history in the forms of public memorials and personal reflections. Her practice also expands to Berlin, where she was awarded a DAAD fellowship, and to South Africa, when she and her colleagues at Temple University received an EPPY Award for media work in Johannesburg in 2013. She was a 2015 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship finalist. She enjoys working collaboratively and has been a member of the artist collective Little Berlin since 2016. Flake holds an MFA in Photography and a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practices from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Her studio is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she also teaches photography and digital media.

 

SOLO PROJECTS

2017
The Canada Option, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE (forthcoming)

2016
SWING STATE, curatorial project, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

2015 – 2016
Niagara, video & performance series, Niagara Falls, Canada; Philadelphia, PA; Oxford, MS

2014
Anniversary, The Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Till Death Do Us Part, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Local Tourist, The Basement Gallery, Oxford, MS

Uptown Photogravures,The Oxford EAGLE Newspaper Museum, Oxford, MS

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
(Photo)synthesis: from Wood to Paper, The Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

Art All-State Exhibition, University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

10 Years, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Appetite for Destruction, Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition, Wassaic, NY

Art All-State Exhibition, University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

2015
75ºWest/75º Oeste [Philadelphia-Medellín Free Trade Agreement], Medellín, Colombia

“The Stars and Stripes Forever in the Eternal City,” Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS

2014
Identity (curator: Jake Weigel), Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Semi:Colon, New Boone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Catalog.

2013
Prop, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Johannesburg: New Geology, Market Photo Workshop Participant Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cultural Constructs (curator: Shana Cooperstein), Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

2012
Juried Summer Exhibition (juror: Maude Schuyler-Clay, photographer), Gallery 130, University of Mississippi Department of Art, Oxford, MS

25th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition (juror: Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY), Shearman Fine Arts Center Annex and Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA. Catalog.

Alternate Voices (curator: Brooke White, Professor of Digital Imaging, University of Mississippi), Sarah Isom Center for Women’s Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Navigating Currents, Southern Graphics Council Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

 

RESIDENCIES

2016
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, NY

2015
The Wassaic Project Artist Residency, Nov / Dec, Wassaic, NY

2013
Market Photo Workshop Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012
Artist in Residence, The Oxford EAGLE Daily Newspaper, Oxford, MS

2006-7
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/ DAAD Fellowship:
Kunsthistorisches Institut der Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

 

EDUCATION

2014 MFA
Tyler School of Art,Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2009 MA
Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art,Williamstown, MA

2006 BA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 

ARTICLES AUTHORED

2012
“Conspicuous Nationalisms in African Art at the 54thVenice Biennale” in Nka:Journal of Contemporary African Art,Volume 31, Duke University Press: 112-123, cover.

2011
“Review: Lou Haney” in Number: An Independent Journal of the Arts, Volume 67.

2009
Migrating landscapes in Contemporary African Art–Thesis (M.A.),Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, 2009. Print.

2007
“Daniel Kemeny” in Lokal, Dezentral: Ausstellungsprojekt der Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin im Kulturzentrum Berlin-Adlershof, eds. Berndt Wilde, Miriam Pietrusky and Silvia Lorenz. Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2007.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014
Brown, Gerard. “The Presence of the Past.” Review: Civil War: Living History on American Street. Title Magazine, April 25, 2014, http://www.title-magazine.com/2014/04/the-presence-of-the-past/.

Duntemann, Elizabeth.“Rebekah Flake” in Semi:Colon. Philadelphia: Tyler School of Art, 2014.

2013
Madigan, Martha, ed. Picture Plane. Philadelphia:Tyler School of Art, 2013.

2012
Schultze, Lucy. “‘Local Tourist: the Exhibition’–A postcard view gets double-take effect.” Oxford Town #992, August 16-22, 2012: 25.

Schultze, Lucy.“Local Artist Unearths EAGLE Archives: Project reprints historic plates, updates museum.” The Oxford EAGLE, August 9, 2012: 1A, 5.

Reynolds, Lynn, ed. 25th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition. Exhibition catalog. Lake Charles, Lousiana: McNeese State University, 2012.