Nia Hampton is an artist-educator-organizer.
In 2015 she was featured in an Al Jazzera produced documentary about the connection of police brutality between Baltimore, Maryland and Bahia, Brazil. The documentary went viral and kicked off her international freelance journalism career. She would go on to spend 2015 -2017 between Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and her hometown of Baltimore. When she wasn’t covering cultural events for sites like DAZED, PASTE Magazine, VICE and Village Voice she was self publishing her own creative writing and teaching. Check out a review of her second e-book Cicatrizes on Afropunk.com. She’s currently back in her hometown working on her first sci-fi YA novel manuscript, which has been workshopped at the Voices of Our Nations Arts Workshop in Philadelphia in 2017 and the Summer Literary Seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia, this past summer. While she works on her formal debut, you can purchase her self published ebooks here.
In the spring of 2018 she debuted her first solo art show “Drapetomania; The Strong Urge to Escape” at the Waller Gallery in Baltimore MD. The exhibition was an expansive documentation of her photography within Afro-Latino communities and explored themes like environmental racism, African spiritual practices, femicide, black Brazilian feminism, haircut culture, and Love. You can read more about the show here. Photos from this show would be shown at the Creative Alliance, where she was a teaching artist for three years, in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery later that fall. Her newest video and installation work “An Unconditional Giving” is currently on view at the Stevenson University Gallery in Stevenson, Maryland until September 21st.
Out of the programming during her first solo show, The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest was born. “2 future 4 it’s own good” this film fest aims to center femme-identified black people of varying ethnicity and nationalities. The festival just finished its second festival at the Parkway Theater this past Labor Day Weekend. Learn more about that here.
As a filmmaker Nia’s credits include co-producing “Not About a Riot” a documentary about the untold story of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. Alongside the director, Malakia Aminata, Nia also curated a community art show and screening event to raise post production funds for the documentary. Most recently she was the art coordinator for the Queens Collective produced documentary “Ballet After Dark” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Nia Hampton is available to write, make art, talk, teach and lead workshops. Please contact her at hampton.nia (at) gmail dot com.