Being a mixed womxn of both Filipinx and Black South African decent, but growing up Black in America, my identity has been a complex subject in my life. My outward perceived value and identity shifts depending on the space I am in, both public and private. I spent much of my formative years confused and lost in relation to my identity. I constantly occupy a multilayered space, as I identify as Black, Asian, Blasian, American, and Womxn simultaneously. I am the only child of my divorced parents, and as such, I have navigated my position at the intersection of my many identities, alone. With this ongoing photo project, I address concerns of identity and selfhood through self-portraits and still life imagery. I investigate and negotiate my own place within a complex family heritage. I am asking the questions of how colonization, displacement and trauma are continually performed across generations? What does it mean to manifest an identity of my own? To begin to explore and define myself for myself?
Meet the Creators
Nadiya was born in Detroit, MI to a Filipinx immigrant father and a South African mother. She later moved to Virginia, where she received her BFA in Photography & Film in 2014 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nadiya is currently pursuing an MFA in Art Photography at Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts where she is a also Teaching Assistant. Throughout the year, she travels to her respective home countries of South Africa and the Philippines to document her family and places of origin. Her work heavily draws from notions of identity, family, and generational trauma.