the lee brown project

photo by david smith

The Lee Brown Project

live performance 2009-2011 & digital archive

The Lee Brown Project was a durational life performance spanning two years, March 2009 – March 2011. The performance centered around a created persona, Lee Brown, who attended Carsten Aveda Cosmetology School and later worked at an upscale salon in the East Village. The project intended to critique the beauty industry from within, addressing it’s oppressive and exclusive standards through creating queer visibility in a hetero/homonormative environment.

This photo was shown in Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church at Leslie Lohman Gallery, NYC.