Chin We is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work explores themes of identity, culture, representation, heritage and the African diaspora through the medium of photography, film and mixed media.
Her first feature film, Nwanyịbụife, was considered for a nomination in six categories for the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards. Nevertheless,  it is worth noting that Nwanyịbụife proudly stood as one of the remarkable British Films in foreign language shortlisted by BAFTA for the United Kingdom submission for consideration for the International Feature Award at the 2024 Academy Awards (The Oscars)
                                                                                                                               
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

Her varied passions includes travel, music and dance and the gift of being an empathetic listener

 

AWARDS

  • 2022 Arts Council England Award
  • 2022 BEFFTA Award for Best Creative Personality 
  • 2021 Picfair Mind The Lens Award
  • 2021 Arts Council England Award
  • 2020 Arts Council England Award
  • 2019 Arts Council England Award 
  • 2018 Fellow at Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • 2018 RPS Nominee for RPS 100 heroines by The Royal Photographic Society England
  • 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 Come and See Fotographic Ife Nkili 1, Micklegate York, England
  • 2019 Lifestyles and Portraiture Ife Nkili 1, Royal Photographic Society England and Grosvenor Estates London
  • 2019 Look Photo Biennial  Ife Nkili 1, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, England
  • 2019 Photo London Fair Ife Nkili 1, Representation on the line: (Un)framing our identities, Royal Photographic Society England London, Somerset House London
  • 2019 Representation on the line: (Un)framing our identities Ife Nkili 1, Royal Photographic Society England Hundred Heroines  – Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool, UK. 

 

PROJECTS

  • 2022 The Art of Grieving a visual series that explores grief following the sudden death of my Dad on the 3rd of April 2022
  • 2021 Sis 2021 a visual series that explores the art of mental health associated with post lockdown unease and anxiety via the medium of photography, mixed media and film
  • 2021 Luminscence a visual series that explores light and the mind of imagination which are my thoughts, messages, stories and ideas from my Chi. Chi in Igbo Cosmology is referred to as the “personal God,” the personal spirit of a person and the spirit which determines destiny (WORK IN PROGRESS)
  • 2020 Sis 2020 a visual series documenting our personal experiences and emotions during the coronavirus outbreak and pandemic
  • 2020 An Ode To Elysee a visual and textual series prompted by the various hairnets worn by black women one of which comes in a packaging branded “elysee”. The project explores the relationship Black women have with hairnets, silk scarves, bonnets 
  • 2019 I am not your mate a portrait and storytelling  series focused on 26 senior citizens based in London. The project documents their experiences, dreams and fears

 

 

FESTIVALS

  • 2021 Curator & Creative Director – Ife Nkili a Black women’s arts festival film celebrating the beauty of Black culture, identity and heritage, funded and supported by Arts Council England

 

 

FILMS

  • 2023 Nwanyịbụịfe  a thought – provoking art and documentary feature exploring identity, heritage, mental health, motherhood and family, LGBTQIA+ and climate change. A raw depiction of the lives and experiences of seven Black women from across the African diaspora, narrated in their native mother-tongue of Swahili, Yoruba, Igbo, Italian, Spanish, Swati, LesothoKikuyu and Patois, with English subtitles

     

  • 2024 Ijé Ụwá IN DEVELOPMENT

 

 

BAFTA CONSIDERATION
  • Nwanyịbụife was considered for a nomination in six categories for the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards
  • Nwanyịbụife proudly stood as one of the remarkable British Films in foreign language shortlisted by BAFTA for the United Kingdom submission for consideration for the International Feature Award at the 2024 Academy Awards (The Oscars)

 

 

PRESS

 

 

TALKS

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

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2024 “I don’t know yet” a photobook by Chin We – a collection of images, stories, a photographic life, a life in images, a journey through time, uncertainties, the absence of people. A blend of the straightforward, the wry and the hopeful. The 180 pages plus photobook explores concepts of identity, culture and heritage of  modern Britain and  includes portraits, interviews, art, documentary, street, nature, landscape and conceptual photography documented all over England from 2018. The photobook will be filled with my soul, joy and emotions (WORK IN PROGRESS)                         
  • 2019 African Lens Publication, Volume 5  African Lens is a publication by Aaron Yeboah Jr that showcases and shares the diverse stories of Africa. The publication shines a light on the beauty, rich and diverse culture of Africa. My images/photographs  below 

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

 

FEATURES

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

 


 

 

CONTACT

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

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