Gio Swaby is a mixed media artist whose practice encompasses installation, textiles, collage, performance, and video. Her work revolves around an exploration of identity, more specifically, the intersections of Blackness and womanhood with attention to the ways in which this physical identity can serve as a positive force of connection and closeness, while also examining its imposed relationship to otherness. As she states, ‘I want my work to function as a love letter of sorts to Black women.
Swaby was raised in Nassau, Bahamas where she obtained her Associate of Arts degree at The College of The Bahamas in 2012. In 2014, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Film, Video and Integrated Media at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Swaby completed the programme in 2016.