Zakkiyyah Najeebah (b. 1991) is a Chicago-based photographic artist, educator, and documentarian. She studied Art History and Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which heavily informs her multidisciplinary practice. The aesthetic components and intersectional cultural advancements that are entirely unique to the black experience is a primary concern of hers.
Zakkiyyah employs photography to address the politics and aesthetic values of representation, inclusivity, black womanhood, family histories, and collective narratives. Her work takes place in the realm of portraiture, documentation, image-making, video, and educating. She is currently building a catalog that articulates contemporary and past social concerns regarding black narratives and explores new methods of visual presentation. Zakkiyyah’s work in progress is both a witness and archive of black visual epistemologies.
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