Nadiya Imani Nacorda

b. 1991 Detroit, Michigan

Lives and works in Richmond, VA


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  Women of the African Diaspora: Identity, Place, Migration, Immigration, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2020  Soften, Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA 

2020  Future Perfect, Study Hall GalleryUtica, NY

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

The Picture Show - NPR online

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


2021 The Silver List 

2020 Lenscratch Student Prize, 2nd place 

2020 Lit List: Photographers to watch, exhibit and hire

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

(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

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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