Artist Development Fund recipient, 2021
“Queer love is a visual and written archive of the experiences lived and witnessed from the eye of a young queer Black woman. Creating a sense of belonging, I am inviting you into our world, documented and created by me, for myself, my family, and for my community.”
Shingi Rice is a self-taught photographer of Spanish/British and Zimbabwean origin. She grew up in Spain and is now based in London, UK. Her creative experience includes fashion, portrait and lifestyle photography, styling, and art direction.
Due to the lack of accurate representation and cultural identification she has experienced in her surroundings, she decided to focus on creating beautiful imagery highlighting the importance of the representation of people of color—especially Black women, the LGBTQ+ community, plus-size models, individuals with disabilities, and mature models.
Her Artist Development Fund commission project focuses on queer love. Incorporating interviews with her models and documentary elements, her portraits also bring an awareness of fashion aesthetics. She says, “I photograph individuals from the perspective of someone who wants to see a change and a sense of belonging for a community in which I belong, where different identities coexist in refuge.”