Artist, Kiki Provatas, was born and raised in South East Los Angeles — the eldest daughter of three from a Greek immigrant father and a Puerto Rican mother.
She is a multi-media artist with a B.F.A in Fashion Design & Marketing; working in the fashion industry for over 15 years. In 2014, her interest of photography started with street, focusing on gentrification’s manifestation as erasure in the changing architecture of her neighborhood in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. She began to shoot closed store fronts and old churches producing the photo series, No Church in the Wild. Her focus later shifting to the people living in these gentrifying areas. My Bodega: A Portrait of a City focused on shop owners and Dear Brooklyn paying homage to Brooklyn’s people and culture.
Kiki has taken her lens beyond Brooklyn and into the underground subways photographing musicians in her photo series Subway Songbirds and to other parts of the world like the photo series, Hecho en Mexico exhibiting Mexico City’s beauty & charm. Her street photography often focuses on telling the story of strangers willing to offer a face and a story filled with love, inspiration and sometimes heartbreak— proving we are more alike than not.
In the more recent years, her work has become more personal incorporating her fashion background, painting and collage into her photography. Two upcoming series, Mixed Fruit an ongoing project focusing on identity, race & religion of those with mixed-heritage and Lola’s Dolls a photo series of handmade spiritual dolls made from left-over fabrics honoring her late grandmother’s tradition of doll making as a little girl in Puerto Rico.
Kiki currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York.