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Brooke DiDonato - Prima Donna - 2018

Brooke DiDonato - Prima Donna - Archival pigment print 11 x 16.5 in.

About the Artist

Brooke DiDonato
American, born 1990, Canton, Ohio;
Lives New York, New York

After studying photojournalism at Kent State University, Brooke DiDonato developed a body of personal work questioning the notion of realism associated with the photographic medium. Prima Donna appears in DiDonato’s series As Usual, where the artist merges everyday environments with unusual scenarios. The ambiguous narratives and obscured figures that populate this series provoke curiosity and invite various interpretations. There is an element of performance to the photograph, as the location becomes a stage to explore the conflicting desires and anxieties of the subconscious.

Brooke DiDonato’s self-portrait series, A House Is Not a Home, has been exhibited throughout the US with The FENCE and is part of the permanent collection at the Southeast Museum of Photography. Her work has also been exhibited internationally at the KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art in Berlin and the Delphian Gallery in London. DiDonato’s photographs have been featured by LM Magazine,, Hi-Fructose, iGNANT, and i-D amongst many other publications.

To see more from Brooke DiDonato, visit her website: or follow on Instagram @brookedidonato