#1960Now is Bright's journey documenting the responses to the police shooting in Atlanta, Ferguson, Baltimore Washington, D.C. and Baton Rouge. I observed young social activists taking a stand against the same struggles their parents and grandparents endured during the era of Jim Crow.
In 2013 while photographing under-recognized living leaders of the Civil Rights movement, I made a connection between today’s times and the climate of the 1960s that inspired the #1960Now project.
1960 Who public art series is a collection of photographic portraits wheat-pasted on community walls, depicting grassroots people who stood-up against bullies during the Civil Rights Movement.
Young Americans series exhibited as a solo show at the High Museum of Atlanta in 2008, curated by Julian Cox, Deputy Director & Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada. The work examines the attitudes and values of Generation Y as American citizens. The series shows diverse young Americans, who are new to the voting system and exploring ideas of what it means to be American. The sitters expressed their perspectives in a statement and posed in their chosen stance with the American flag.
In 2012 Bright took the Young Americans portraits to the streets of Art Basel Miami, wheat pasting eleven images in the Coconut Grove neighborhood on buildings and abandoned homes that are often unnoticed in the urban landscape.
Suburbia is a series which takes aim at the American media's projection of the "typical" African American community and depicts a more realistic and common ideology of African American life. The series also explores the variations and similarities of an existence that subverts lifestyle and culture, particularly as it relates to Americanism.
Plastic Bodies is a series that show the impact that media and advertising play in defining beauty for girls and women and how Barbie is used in Western culture to encourage one standard of beauty.
Grillz is a body of photographic portraits of black males who wear their gold teeth as a connection to an African culture long past. Within the Hip Hop community, however, gold teeth have become signifiers of a lifestyle, status, or “manhood,” all questioning the notion of what is merely fashionable and what is culture.