With the assistance of props and clothing, each series of portraits explores the many-layered nature of each individual’s cultural identity, drawing on their unique connection to their heritage as well as local culture.
Gianna Hayes is a Los Angeles-born, Sydney-raised photographer. Her work is innately personal - a result of her own upbringing as a woman of African American and Italian descent and personal journey of self-discovery which has influenced and motivated her exploration of concepts relating to identity, culture, empowerment, and equality.
Raw colours, soft lighting, textured textiles, sculptural compositions along with conceptual motifs are prevalent and play a significant role in her work. Gianna’s artistic expression comes in many forms including textile design and mixed media artworks.