Sadie Barnette

Artist, US

Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at venues including The Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was Artist in Residence), the Oakland Museum of California, and Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the recipient of Art Matters and Artadia awards and has work featured in the permanent collections of museums such as The Pérez Art Museum in Miami, the California African American Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She lives and works in California and is represented by Charlie James Gallery.

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My Father's FBI File (ongoing)

Sadie’s project uses the FBI’s 500-page surveillance file kept on her father during his time in the Black Panther Party as source material for drawings and installations. She appropriates the files’ black and white type, officious markings and redactions by rendering pages in graphite, adorned with rhinestones and splashed with pink spray paint, to reframe her father's story. She creates a historical tapestry through which she reclaims the material from the framework of repressive forces intent on dismantling the Black Panthers and present an authentic telling of her family tree and American history.

Sadie was in residence at the Camargo Foundation from March 7 to April 7, 2018 in partnership with Art Matters and the Jerome Foundation.