Rayya Haddad usually carries her camera around with her wherever she goes, just in case. Based in Asheville, North Carolina with a thirst for travel, she is currently fortunate to be immersed with mother earth in Appalachia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Through her versatile upbringing, in her creative practice she has found herself creating interventions, performances, photographic projects and installations that attempt to bring light to a possible alternative reality within society's problematic social framework. These works take various forms that address the social strata construct of race, social status, as well as gender.
In her commercial work she is now primarily focused on the photography of individuals, couples as well as nudes. This occurs through a collaboration between them and the camera as a witness. She also photographs product ranging from fine jewelry to the culinary arts. Her first publication, A Culinary Journey with Hanan, is being released in the spring of 2022. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after her studies of sociology in New Orleans. She is someone with a passion for dance, percussion, nature, and food. She has often thought of what it would be like to mesh all of these loves into one project.
Please feel free to be in contact any time. Bartering and trading is a possibility as an exchange for a photo session or photographic prints.