James Luna (Rosalie Favell)
Photographer Rosalie Favell turned her lens on friends and colleagues who make up the contemporary Aboriginal art community, in an effort to collectively document her peers.
Facing the Camera is a collection of portraits of Indigenous artists and curators. This series extends beyond the Aboriginal arts community of Canada to international Indigenous artists and curators from the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to the exhibition opening at the Urban Shaman Gallery on Friday, July 29, Rosalie answered a few of SCENE's questions.
What do you want people to see when they look at this collection?
I want people to come away with a sense of the strength and diversity of the Aboriginal community. I want people to see who makes up this community. I see this project as a document of a group of people at this point in time. In the long term, I want this project to stand as a document of who we were, at this time.
Why did you want to photograph Aboriginal artists?
I wanted to image and build my sense of community. As artists we tend to work alone, in isolation. We get together occasionally, but I wanted to extend this moment of being together.
Can you describe your one favorite image of an artist that you have taken?
I don't know who to describe. They are all unique. In some cases I met individuals moments before I took the photograph. In other cases, I heard of the artist and had the opportunity to take the photograph. In some cases I got to know the person during the photo shoot. All the photographs have a story. It's my hope this story shines through their portrait.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you want to do and why?
I've spent over 30 years pursing photography. Right now I'm experimenting with video and learning to paint. I'm also working on a documentary video of Aboriginal photographers. My photography is central to who I am, but I'm also eager to stretch my wings in other media.