Nai Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and musician currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA in Photography from Parsons, The New School for Design, and an MPS from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Nai is a professor in both the Design & Technology and Photography programs at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.
Nai uses photography, digital collaging, performance, programming, and research to engage in discourse surrounding identity politics, such as race, gender, and class. Their work draws attention to often ignored dynamics between the storyteller, the viewer and the subject. As a Black, trans person, their practice is rooted in creating spaces for marginalized groups to be represented. His pedagogical practice as an educator centers Black and POC folks to teach through an alternative and inclusive lens. Nai expands traditional artistic mediums through an interdisciplinary approach by using Hip-Hop and Africana Studies to consider how race influences art, media, and technology.