Nicholas Aiden is an award-winning queer artist from St. John’s, NL, and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography from OCAD University. Their work has been shown in Canadian galleries such as The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Gallery TPW, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Aiden's work has been featured in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, auctioned as a winner of the SNAP 2018 juried photography competition benefiting the Aids Committee of Toronto, as well as featured in publications produced by The Madeline Co. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2019 they were longlisted for the Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award. Nicholas Aiden is represented by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John’s, NL. In support of their practice, Aiden has received grant funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
Aiden’s practice is a relentless questioning of identity and the ways in which we navigate the social facets of the ‘self.’ They are committed to investigating and challenging the notions of selfhood, primarily through the lens of gender and sexuality. Their work strives to challenge the way that we perceive the body, and in turn, the complexities of identity. Through photography and performance, Aiden explores the relationships between dress, pose, colour, and texture to present alternative forms of beauty that exploit those visual elements in their familiarity. Aiden’s images prompt the viewer to form and reevaluate their own relationships and associations to the body through their own visual vocabulary.