As a Nigerian essayist, self-portraitist, and self-taught, award-winning visual artist, Stephanie C. Nnamani prides herself on the strength of the intersections of her identities. In 2009, she began practising self-portraiture to familiarise herself with confidence in front and behind the camera and examine what she calls a “layered self”.
Her work has since grown to span documentary, portrait, and editorial photography, essay-writing, graphic design and more. She is the founder and creative director of STUDIO THEORY--a digital, ever-evolving conduit committed to creative expression rooted in an abandonment of a fixed definition of what comprises a "studio".
For Nnamani, embracing multiplicity emphasises the quality of creativity as intertextual, with one medium relying on the other to offer a deeper, immersive understanding. This is further supplemented by her purposeful, distinct use of colour—colours that intimately remind her of home.
Nnamani’s discipline draws from her journey as a first-generation immigrant to create work that examines competing concepts of absence, presence, and Otherness.