Nikki Luna

b. 1977, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines

Nikki Luna has been immersed in the stories of marginalised and vulnerable women for over a decade. Her practice is tied to communities and has woven their narratives into art, re-contextualising their experiences from a place of oppression into a position of power.

The artist is known for her body of work which primarily tackles social/political concerns with a feminist lens. It covers—and is not limited to—misogyny, women used as weapons in war, and women’s human rights. With her passion for women and girl-child rights in developing countries, Nikki remains committed in bringing attention to the plight of Filipino children and women – and the violations committed against them. She continues to work with various NGOs, government agencies, international organisations, academies, international women partnerships, and art institutions, bringing art-focused activities on how to strengthen women and human rights standards, implementing art healing/recovery programmes for women and children victims of gender-based violence and those displaced in conflict zones.

Nikki graduated from the Universidad de Filipinas (UP) in Fine Arts. She went on to take her art residency at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. She has represented the Philippines at the Cairo Biennale, Singapore Biennale, Aichi Japan Triennial, and Beijing Biennale, and she continues to exhibit around the globe. She is a recipient of the UK Chevening Award 2018, Thirteen artist awardee of the Cultural Center Of The Philippines, and is a New York Asian Cultural Council grantee. She is the founder of independent feminist publishing house Power In Her Story that creates books focusing on mainstreaming women’s rights and gender equality with emphasis on the needs of marginalised groups of girls and women.

Country: Philippines