“We are obsessed with naming ourselves because for so long we were named by others.” – Angela Davis
This ongoing photo project is the result of my efforts of to explore the mixed-race experience in Canada. “How do other self-identified mixed Canadians name themselves?” is the question I am asking and by portraying mixed faces across Canada, it is my desire to:
- challenge stereotypical depictions of mixed people
- expose the diversity of mixed people in Canada
- emphasize the importance of self-identification
- dismantle racial constructs
The photos are in random order & so far I have been fortunate enough to meet delightful mixies in British Columbia (Hapa-Palooza 2011) & Ontario. Over the years I hope to include someone from every province & territory.
Thank you to those who have been so generous as to share your truth and vulnerability through the lens of my camera, I am forever grateful. You are each unique, wonderful and look exactly how you’re supposed to. Despite how you may have felt in the past or how you feel now, never cease to let all your colours shine. PS – if you ever want to change how you identify, just let me know, I know how it is.
- 2012-2013 (International): “Defining Moments: Discovering our Canadian Stories”
- Fall 2012 (Toronto): “Rooted in Regent Park: Open to the World”
- February 2013 (Toronto): “Faces In Between“
- February 2013 (Ottawa): “Defining Moments @ Winterlude“
- March 9 2013 (Toronto): Feminist Art Conference