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Artist Statement

My name is Kyna Uwaeme and I'm an artist and freelance photographer from Washington, DC. Growing up I was always shy but super expressive within the arts. I danced, played sports, wore crazy loud outfits, piercings and experimented with my hair a lot. That was my way of showing up in the world in my early years. In high school after identifying with a news anchor on television because of their Nigerian-American roots, I decided to go to college and pursue a BA in Journalism. After graduating I decided the news room was not for me instead I wanted to turn my camera on my community and use my voice to better it. That would be my contribution to the world.
Photography has been my way of sharing my view and narrative with the world, while also providing a platform for others to do the same. The work I do is intentionally made to empower my subjects, my community and to tell the truth. I've had the pleasure of shooting for major publications throughout the US such as The Washington Post, The Fader, Bloomberg Business, Dazed, People's Magazine, and more. I'm also the founder of a co-working art space called Golden Studios. I founded this space because I wanted to provide something to the community that I didn't have when I was starting out. Our goal is to provide resources for artists and businesses within our community to thrive. We've hosted art shows, workshops, and Pop Ups and we also provide membership for creators to have space and equipment to make and share work of their own.

Exhibitions


Harriet’s Wildest Dreams Exhibit Eaton DC

Hotel | 1201 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 | 202-289-7600 Opening reception: October 15, 2021 — 6:30-8:30PM On View: October 15 - April 1st, 2022 

Curators: Claudia Watts | Katie Petitt

Four women photographers follow the Black woman and the many waters she wades. Seeking to normalize and exalt her multifaceted existence, this collection of images explores sensuality, devotion, gratitude, glory, home, family, and self.Featured Artists: Dee Dwyer  | Cheriss May | Kyna Uwaeme | Nyeusi Mwezi 

Martin Luther King Library Exhibit

901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Her work is being featured in the MLK Library’s new permanent exhibit, Up from the People: Protest and Change in D.C. Up from the People was installed as a part of the modernization of the Library, to honor Dr. King’s message and his connection to local activism. Her image is featured in The East Gallery exhibit called D.C. Represented and covers local politics and history through displays on Mayor Marion Barry, D.C. home

Copyright

All photographs appearing on this site are the exclusive property of Kyna Uwaeme and are protected under international copyright laws. Photographs are not to be downloaded, reproduced, copied, storied, manipulated, projected, used or altered in any way, alone of with any other material or by use of computer other electronic means without the express written permission of Kyna Uwaeme. The use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration is violation of copyright. By entering this site you are agreeing to the terms of this agreement. 


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