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Using photography as language to interpret the space between the physical world and that of spirit, San Diego based artist Nykelle DeVivo finds their voice referring to histories of afro spiritualism and Black queer/trans expression. Exploring the concept of the portal, their work presents ethereal bodies of light, sensual self portraits and quiet moments of prayer which portray states of Black timelessness that act as the artist's spiritual practice.
Nykelle studied critical theory & photography at the San Francisco Art Institute before going on to become a Google Image Equity Fellow, having their work acquired by public and private collections, being published in articles including Aint-Bad and I-D, and having their work displayed across the country. They’re currently pursuing their masters at the University of California San Diego where they expect to graduate in 2025.