Chin We is an award winning visual artist, art consultant and art making philosopher. She was born in Manchester, England and spent her formative years in Nsukka, Eastern Nigeria and adolescent years in London, England. She is fascinated by humans, portraiture, capturing people’s essence, visual storytelling, art, documentary and conceptual photography.  Her work explores themes of identity, culture, representation, heritage and the african diaspora. Her photography also champions, empowers and celebrates contemporary african culture and the african identity.
 
 
Chin We is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.  Her work has been published on CNN and several other publications. She was featured on CNN as one of the leading African heroine women photographers, nominated for RPS 100 heroines by the Royal Photographic Society England and won an honourable mention award in the People-Portrait Category in International Photography Awards(IPA) 2018.
 
 
Other than photography, she’s a dance artist, arsenal F.C supporter, Formula 1 fan and lover of music. Her varied passions includes art, fashion, food, travel and pop culture. She is also the curator of www.chinweart.com a contemporary private art studio/portfolio gallery based in London and the creator of a lifestyle blog www.abstractfriday.com
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                           
Awards 
  • 2020 Arts Council England Grant for Individuals
  • 2019 Arts Council England Grant for Individuals 
  • 2018 Fellow at Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • 2018 RPS Nominee for RPS 100 heroines by The Royal Photographic Society Great Britain.
  • 2018 An honourable mention award in the People-Portrait Category in International Photography Awards(IPA) New York. IPA is one of the world’s most prestigious photography award.

 

Exhibitions

  • 2020 Ife Nkili, Micklegate York, England
  • 2019 Look Photo Biennial, Ife nkili, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, England 
  • 2019 Ife Nkili, Representation on the line : (Un)framing our identities”  Exhibition  Phase 1 by The Royal Photographic Society England  at Photo London Fair 2019
  • 2019 Ife Nkili at Representation on the line : (Un)framing our identities Phase” Exhibition Phase ll by The Royal Photographic Society England –  London, Blackpool and Doncaster, England  

 

Projects

  • 2020 BON APPéTIT a photo series that explores the mind of imagination and illustrates/represents an idea. The visual images are produced to visualise a pre-determined concept. Its not what you see but what you imagine. 
  • 2020 LONDON IN THE TIME OF COVID -19 a visual diary documenting moments and experiences in London during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project features health and safety messages that can help flatten the curve through education 
  • 2019 I AM NOT YOUR MATE a portrait and storytelling  series focused on senior citizens based in London aged between 60-100 years. The series showcases the life of  25 senior citizens, their stories, their experiences, dreams and fears

 

Press

 

Talks

  • 2019 PhotoForum London – Panel discussion: Diversity in Photojournalism with Anna Gordon, Chin We, Suzanne Plunkett and Helen Healy

 

Publications

  • 2019 African Lens Publication, Volume 5.  African Lens is a publication that showcases and shares the diverse stories of Africa. The publication shines a light on the beauty, rich and diverse culture of Africa.

 

Memberships

 

Publications

      An interesting collection of features with Chin We, click to read.


 

Commission Work

Chin We is available to create commissioned works for you and your environment such as galleries, offices, private sector, public sector, spaces etc. She will be happy to discuss your needs and briefs. Although Chin We will be flattered to receive any request, she will only work on commissioned photography that align with her vision and body of work.

 

Contact

For general/work enquiries and collaborations. Please send an email to hello.chinwe@gmail.com

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