Nadia Huggins

Nadia Huggins is a self-taught visual artist and self-employed graphic designer. She was born in Trinidad & Tobago, grew up in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and has lived and worked in Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad. While she has been a practicing artist for over a decade, the loss of a parent deepened her connection with visual arts where she found creative potency in the catharsis of making images. Nadia’s practice is dedicated to challenging perceptions about what the Caribbean and Caribbean photography look like. Her main preoccupation has been with the sea which she feels presents an opportunity to explore new ways of imagining ourselves.

In the water, she contends that we are freed of the constructs of class, gender and race that exist on dry land. Her photography examines possibility, of who we can be and how we can exist, in a medium that is both connecting and distorting. Her current work interrogates belonging and displacement, and identity and distortion through images of her own body and the marine environment she encounters.

In 2011, Nadia cofounded the visual arts publication ARC Magazine to create a platform for artists from the Caribbean and the Diaspora. Her photography was awarded the FESTIVAL CARIBEEN DE L’IMAGE du Mémorial ACTe Jury Prize in Guadeloupe in 2015, and has been exhibited regionally and internationally. Some of her more notable exhibitions have been: Jamaica Biennial, at the National Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica, 2017: Small Axe: Caribbean Queer Visualities in Belfast, U.K. in 2016 and Glasgow, U.K. in 2016: Fighting the Currents at Centro de La Imagen, Dominican Republic, 2016: In Another Place, And Here, Victoria, Canada in 2015: CONTACT Photography Festival in 2014: and Wrestling with the Image at Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C., U.S.A. in 2011. Nadia Huggins currently resides in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Her next exhibition is Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, at the Museum of Latin American Art, California, U.S.A.

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