AD 195 | Nolwen Cifuentes
“Breaking Free From Debt And Addiction”

Photo by Yoshino

Nolwen is a first-generation Colombian-French photographer and director, working in Los Angeles. As a mixed-race queer woman, her identity plays an active role in the type of narratives she is drawn to.

Her interests lie in shifting social consciousness, breaking down gender norms, and representation. Exploring portraiture within the landscape of American culture, Nolwen’s photographs deal with vulnerability and gaze between both subject and viewer.

She has photographed a multitude of prolific figures and her client list includes The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Netflix, Dove, amongst others.

Show Notes:
  • Nolwen’s career journey 
  • Multihyphanate artistry 
  • Importance of broadening your artistic toolbox 
  • Financial management for artists 
  • Cryptocurrency 
  • Addiction 
  • Nolwen’s spiritual experience before sobriety 
  • Breaking free from trauma 
  • Focusing on the present moment 
  • Life being a puzzle 
  • Feeling connected to a greater calling 
  • Being intentional within your fearlessness 
  • Keeping the process in mind rather than the outcome 
  • Leading with honesty 
  • Validation 
  • Sexuality 
  • Having a career within the arts

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Posted 3.7.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino