B. United Kingdom, 1992
B. United Kingdom1992
Nadine Ijewere’s work interrogates perceptions of beauty. Her work inhabits the intersection of traditional fashion imagery with street photography and studio portraiture, while poetically weaving in her own biographically inflected practice. Ijewere’s focus on tonality and the tactile is complimented by a practice that maintains a painterly focus on abstraction through form and patternation. Ijewere uses these tools to further dissolve the boundaries between photographic genres, using the tactile qualities of textile and setting to playfully world-build.
Ijewere (born 1992) studied photography at the London College of Fashion. In 2019 she was the first woman of colour to shoot the cover of British Vogue. She accomplished the same achievement for American Vogue in 2021. Ijewere’s work has been featured in the group exhibitions The Tate Britain Generation exhibition in 2016, and The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion at Saatchi Gallery, London, in 2022. Her first solo exhibition, Beautiful Disruption, was held at C/O Berlin in 2021. She received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in 2020 and in 2022 she was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Award for Editorial, Advertising and Fashion Photography. Her first monograph, Our Own Selves, was published in 2021 by Prestel Publishing.
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