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Videos / November 4, 2020

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

In this video, three Spotlight contributors explore questions of labour, consumption, the body and Black art production in Canada

On October 15, 2020,  artists Justine A. Chambers and Farihah Aliyah Shah joined writer and curator Sally Frater for a live, in-depth public conversation about their practices.

This event was held in conjunction with the launch of Canadian Art’s Fall 2020 issue, Chroma, which surveys the aesthetic practices and legacies of Black art production in Canada and beyond.

Frater curated and wrote the “Spotlight” section, which gathered a group of artists whose work addresses collaboration, inheritance and collective memory and included Chambers and Shah. 

This video recording of their conversation explores 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.


00:10   Land Acknowledgement
1:45      Conversation Overview
2:55      Introduction of Sally Frater
4:45      Introduction of Justine A. Chambers and Farihah Aliyah Shah, preview of Spotlight section
6:35      Conversation between Frater, Chambers and Shah
55:05    Q&A
1:01:25 Closing Remarks

Sally Frater

Sally Frater is the curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Guelph. She is interested in issues of place, memory and body in her curatorial practice.

Justine A. Chambers

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.

Farihah Aliyah Shah

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.