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Events / October 15 2020

Chroma Launch: Sally Frater with Justine A. Chambers and Farihah Aliyah Shah

In this free online event, two artists and a curator explore questions of labour, consumption, the body and Black art production in Canada
Justine A. Chambers and Laurie Young, <em>One hundred more</em>, 2019. Performance at Sophiensaele Berlin, December 2019. Photo Oliver Look. Justine A. Chambers and Laurie Young, One hundred more, 2019. Performance at Sophiensaele Berlin, December 2019. Photo Oliver Look.

Thursday, October 15, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PDT / 2–3:30 p.m. EDT / 3–4:30 p.m. ADT

British Columbia

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Chroma Spotlight artists Justine A. Chambers and Farihah Aliyah Shah will discuss their distinctive practices with guest writer and curator Sally Frater. Their conversation will explore how shared themes of labour, consumption, the body, representation and community emerge in their respective practices, while mapping the points of convergence and divergence between them.

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her movement-based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation and the body as a site of a cumulative, embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances that are already there—the social choreographies present in the everyday. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.

Sally Frater has curated exhibitions for institutions such as Or Gallery; the Luminato Festival; the Ulrich Museum of Art; the McColl Center for Art and Innovation; the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto; Project Row Houses; and Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice. Her writing has appeared in FUSE magazine, X-TRA, Artforum, and Art21. She is currently the curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Farihah Aliyah Shah is a contemporary lens-based artist originally from Edmonton and now based in Bradford, ON. She holds a BHRM from York University and a BFA in photography with a minor in integrated media from OCAD University. Her practice explores issues of racial identity, land and collective memory. She is a member of Gallery 44 and Women Photograph, and has exhibited internationally in North America, Asia and Europe.