Nya Lewis


Alternate Names

Nanyamka Lewis
Nya Lewis Williams


Artist, Curator, Writer


Nya Lewis is an independent curator, writer, and artist. Her hybrid practice is a culmination of centuries of African resistance, love, questions, actions, study and embrace rooted in the theorization of the conditions of Black cultural production. The artist sees her practice as a continuation of a long lineage of work undertaken by Black artists, curators, writers, activists and thinkers who blaze(d) a trail of critical discourse surrounding the Black experience. Lewis’ creative practice reflects upon the diversity of Black diasporic experiences and its many forms of expression. As such, she works across the disciplines of art making, curating and writing. Her work is multivalent in form and expression but is always driven by the reimagining and reclaiming of community. 

Her work includes freelance critic and lecturer with the Polygon Gallery, Dunlop Gallery, Capture Photo Festival, Femme Art Review and Canadian Art, UBC Equity and Inclusion, SFU Contemporary, Vancouver public Library, Vancouver Art Book Fair, and Printed Matter; Interim AD, year-round programmer at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, guest programmer at the Vancouver International Film Festival, curator in residence at grunt gallery, research assistant at the Center for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, guest curator at UBC Museum of Anthropology, and guest artist at Burrard Arts Foundation; board member of BLAC, Co-director of Ref. Gallery of African Descent, and AfroQueer Vancouver.

Nya Lewis, 2024

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