A Los Angeles Native, Angelica Ekeke moved to the Bay Area to complete her discipline in Photojournalism and Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University. Her love for art, texture, beauty, and authentic storytelling plays a significant role in her work. In both her commercial and journalistic work, her vision is to integrate documentary style photography and film to create graceful visual art. She served as a filmmaker and photographer for the Museum of the African Diaspora in downtown San Francisco, where she produced films that chronicled the lives of people of African descent in the San Francisco Greater Bay Area. Many of the subjects in her work are people who are living on the outskirts of their society. They are immigrants, minorities, natives, refugees, women, the poor, and victims of violence, to name a few.
Her work tethers between the world of documentary and fine art photography. With this, she is metaphorically “reframing” subjects from those who are despised to those who are respected as pieces of highly valued art. Her intent is that photographing subjects as such will captivate non-traditional viewers and compel them to listen to narratives that they would often overlook. Inspired by both the Medieval Times Period and modern photojournalistic work from photographers such as Steve Mc Curry, in her work, the subject’s image and personal narrative address the significance, complexity, and beauty of one's history, identity, and the unique ways in which resistance is displayed.
Her hope is that viewers walk away feeling as if they have entered into another’s world. She believes that with this comes empathy, illumination, and most importantly-- change. Her work has been exhibited and featured both nationally and internationally both on television, in galleries, and in print. She is set to pursue a Master's Degree in Documentary Film at UC Berkeley's School of Journalism to hone her new form of storytelling, "Visual Symphonies", a fuse of live journalistic reporting, music, and documentary film.