Studio Sixty Six
Farihah Shah  

Farihah Shah

Farihah Shah is an emerging photographer and visual artist originally from Edmonton, Alberta now based out of Bradford, Ontario. She has a Bachelor's in Human Resources Management from York University and a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Integrated Media from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. Farihah's practice includes an array of conceptual, street, and studio photography, time-based film work,multi-media installations and performance based works that explore issues of racial identity, constructed and natural landscapes, personal and collective memory, and the ebb and flow of people in private and public spaces. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Finland, Germany and Canada.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a lens-based contemporary artist who is inspired by many things including music, books, private experiences, travels, and other events in the socio-political discourse. My practice is often heavily research based incorporating analog and digital photography, time-based media, installations and performance. Of late, my work has looked to challenge the lack of representation of disenfranchised bodies in the photographic cannon and representational art as a whole with a hope that my photographs will encourage others to take agency or control of their image. I am also interested in exploring the relationship between the female nude and the lens and identity formation through the male and colonial gaze. It is my goal as an artist to be an active catalyst for positive social change, to inspire critical response and at times resistance and to be included as a voice in the photographic cannon. Stylistically, my work is minimalist yet laced with symbolism and other coded messages within them. 

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