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Danikah’s not the loudest person in the room- she prefers to listen, but she is sure of herself and values her voice. She looks for the details that people tend not to notice in the perpetual rush of the world: nuanced communication, the people who are overshadowed in a group, and the unique gifts of every individual. This way of seeing is her gift, and she shares her vision through her Art. Art is the only thing that has always made sense to Danikah because the experience is understood emotionally, and there is no right or wrong way to feel. To be an artist is to be free. 

Danikah's desire for freedom inspires her to isolate social and mental misconceptions that limit her in her life through long-term performance-based photographic projects. She uses her photography as a tool for self-liberation. In her early work as a teen, she overcame beauty standards by photographing portraits of her peers without makeup on. In college, she came to light of her fluid sexuality and began to understand it by making fashion and still-life photographs that contained witty sexual connotations. When the pandemic hit, and she returned to her childhood home, she was faced with her and her family's shame towards nudity and turned it around by embracing her body through environmental nude self-portraiture. Danikah is working on an ongoing series called Safe to Cry to document moments of intentional emotional release and share the message that there is beauty and strength in vulnerability. Danikah's newest work is a series called “Self Portraits with Strangers,” which she uses as a form of exposure therapy for her social anxiety and to advocate for female agency in art.

Danikah Chartier will graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Photography and Related Media in May of 2023. She is obtaining minors in Art History, Fashion History Theory and Culture, and Film and Media Studies. After graduation, Danikah will continue her conceptual photography for publication and exhibitions, freelance as a fashion and beauty photographer, obtain grants for long-term documentary works, and pursue careers as a fashion historian and costume designer for the film industry. 

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