Stephen Nicholson is an artist living in British Columbia. Stephen identifies as an Aboriginal gay man living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
He became involved with the “Youth in Care” conversations held in the Vancouver area by our partner, Discourse Media. Stephen was a child in care who was later adopted but he now describes himself as an “ex-adoptee.” He shares his experience through his photography: “I live and breathe and mask my trauma with art advocacy and research.”
“‘Division is Hidden’ is about how there are so many layers to the way people see the world, and our biases take a huge part in that. The Images are created through a series of splicing, until eventually there are barely any traces left of the image. This is symbolic of the way life works, and how people go their whole lives never truly as the same person.”
“Foster care changed me, but it did not break me. The bars are still far enough apart for me to get through.”
“‘Women’s Perspectives’ is about how I, symbolically represented through the landscape, was warped and changed by three women, one bad, two good, and how that has made me who I am today. Foster care changed me, but it did not break me. The bars are still far enough apart for me to get through.”
Stephen is passionate about human rights, advocacy, art and his two dogs Beyoncé and Ezekiel.