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Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley


Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (b. 1995, UK) is an artist based in London and Berlin whose practice focuses on intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell the stories of Black Trans people. Their work includes installations, online and in-person video games and roleplaying performance as forms of creating spaces of responsible interaction between the audience and the stories mediated by their work.

As part of Helsinki Biennial 2023, Brathwaite-Shirley will invite visitors to take part in a role-play performance event and installation exploring a new mythology of the island venue.

Demon Babies, 2021, Installation shot, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Photography by Dan Weill (image courtesy of the artist)

Brathwaite-Shirley’s work has featured in solo exhibitions and performances at institutions such as David Kordansky, LA (2022) Project Arts Centre, Ireland (2022); Skäneskonstförening, Malmö, Sweden (2022); Arebyte Gallery, London (2021); QUAD, Derby, England (2021); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2021); Tate Modern, London (2020); Focal Point Gallery, London (2020); Science Gallery, London (2020); and MU Hybrid Art House, London (2020).

Their work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Julia StoschekFoundation, Berlin (2022); Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich (2019); Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2019); and Barbican, London (2018).