Nadiya Imani Nacorda

b. 1991 Detroit, Michigan

Lives and works in Syracuse, NY


2018-2021 M.F.A. in Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (currently) 

2009-2014 B.F.A. in Photography & Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


2020 Take It From Here, Brick City Gallery, Springfield, MO

2019 SPE Juried Group Exhibition, Red Eye Gallery at RISD, Providence, RI

2019 Face Value, The Parlour Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2019 UnBound8!, Juried Exhibition, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

2019 Flora, International Exhibition, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

2019 Safe Space, Group Exhibition, Detroit Public Library, Detroit, MI

2019 It's a miracle that we are standing here, Group Exhibition, Lenscratch & For Freedoms, online

2019 A Room of One’s Own, Group Exhibition, Random Access Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2019 SPE Juried Combined Caucus Exhibition, Cleveland Convention Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2019 Winter Pictures, Juried Group Exhibition, Humble Arts Foundation, online

2015 Through Venus, Capital One Terrace Gallery, Richmond, VA

2014 Powerwash, BFA Group Exhibition, Richmond, VA

Collections & Publications

Taking Our Seat Interview, Shades Collective

Photographers on Photographers interview, Lenscratch

A Special Kind of Double, Artist feature, Aint Bad Magazine

The World is Quiet Here, Artist Interview, Cumulus Photo

The Good Catholic series, Ignant Online Magazine

Untitled #3, Diversity issue for PDN Magazine

Self Portrait #1, Private collection, Richmond, VA

Self Portrait #1, VCU Arts Collection, Richmond, VA

Self Portrait #1, Candela Books + Gallery Collection, Richmond, VA

Flowers for no one, Private collection, Orlando, FL

Khaya and Thandi at the beach, Private collection, Detroit, MI


2020 Lit List: Photographers to watch, exhibit and hire

2019 Photo Vogue Festival open call (shortlisted)

2019 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Competition

2019 Syracuse University Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant

2019 Syracuse University VPA Creative Opportunity Grant

2015 Capital One Graduating Senior award

2012 Photo of the year award and scholarship, Universidad Antonio De Nebrija, Madrid, Spain

Professional Activities

Syracuse Public Arts Commission board member

(FIL/AM) Filipinx American artist directory member

Advisory Board member, Oakwood Arts non-profit, Richmond, VA

Visiting Portfolio Reviewer, VCUarts Photo Senior Portfolio Review Day, class of ’17 & ‘19

Panelist on Diversity & Inclusion at (UN) Convention Conference

Assistant Curator, Syracuse Gallery, SYR-South Africa Social Justice Symposium


Teaching Assistant, Intro to Art Photography, Syracuse University / 2018-present

Freelance Photographer /2014-present

Apple Inc. Genius / 2011-2015

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