Jamil Hellu is a visual artist whose work focuses on themes of identity representation and cultural heritage, addressing intersections between race, gender, and sexuality. Navigating from a personal lens, his practice weaves together photographic imagery, video, and installation to amplify queer histories and challenge the social construct of masculinity.
Hellu is represented by Rebecca Camacho Presents in San Francisco and is a Photography Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His projects have been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Advocate, and VICE.
He is the recipient of the San Francisco Art Commission Artist Grant (2020), Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Grant (2020), Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship Award (2018), and the Kala Art Institute Fellowship Award (2016). He has been granted residencies at the San Francisco Recology Artist-in-Residence Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Hellu holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Art Practice from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. An active member in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community, he serves as an advisory board member for Recology’s Artist-in-Residence Program.