My name is sharai mustatia aka princess shredder.
I live as a guest on the Ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) əl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ/ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, colonially known as Vancouver, BC.
My Ancestors are from The Red River Métis & Romania and I was born in Treaty 4. Along my path of healing, I discovered photography as a powerful artistic tool in my recovery from complex post traumatic stress disorder. Creating photographic art has given me a sense of belonging & connectedness in place of isolation. In my search for understanding my Identity as a Métis person and where I come from on both sides of my Ancestral relations, it is photography (and lots of therapy) that has helped me see more clearly where I come from, and with whom I belong.
Predominantly an analogue photographer who dabbles in digital photography, too. Using experimental films & techniques, I create layers & meaning to evoke deep emotion through my images. You may find messages, manipulation of colour & distortion of time & place. My work is an exploration of Identity, Place and Belonging.
The art of film photography helps me through some of life's moments of chaos. Photography also allows me to learn to express the incredible beauty that lives within me. Once I click the shutter of any of my film cameras, I feel like I can breathe deeper. The release of the shutter is a perfect analogy of my releasing stress and grief - Which leads me closer to transformative healing.
Recently, I created an analogue photography workshop to share the creative tricks and intentional experimentation that I have been learning over the past 11 years. Using a basic point and shoot camera, I guide participants through the processes of creating an image on film. It's a really sweet workshop and I am excited to do more .
2024 Vancouver Civic Theatres - Visual Arts Gallery Program - Queen Elizabeth Theatre -currently untitled as this exhibition is in the creation phase - GROUP EXHIBIT
2023 Lomography X Penumbra Foundation - Long Live the '90s New York City - GROUP EXBIT
2023 B1 Gallery, Beaumont Studios, Vancouver - 'here I am' - SOLO EXHIBIT
2022 SAD Magazine - WILD Issue 33; 4 Images paired with featured article, featured artist
2022 Commissioned work for Patrick Baylis; Private Collection
2022 Commissioned work and collaboration with Jeanette Kotowich (ongoing)
2022 Commissioned work for Jay Penner; Private Collection
2021 Commissioned work for Skeena Reece; Private collection with photography shown at the 'Interior Infinite' Exhibition at The Polygon Gallery
2020 Blank Spaces - Print Magazine - Vol. 5, Issue 2 - 5 page spread of images
2020 Vancity Credit Union Gallery - Robson Street Branch, Vancouver - GROUP EXHIBIT
2020 IN OUR OWN ABORIGINAL VOICE 2 - Images and poetry published in anthology
2019 The Burrow Restaurant Gallery - Vancouver - "HOLD ON/LET GO" -SOLO SHOW
2019 Cafe Deux Soleils - Vancouver - "LOSS & RECOVERY" - SOLO SHOW
2019 Jericho Arts Centre Theatre - Vancouver -"Messages" - SOLO SHOW
2019 Naam Restaurant Gallery - Vancouver - "Perspectives" - SOLO SHOW
2018 Back Alley Gallery Project - Vancouver - GROUP EXHIBIT
2017 Milano Cafe Gallery - DENMAN STREET - Vancouver - SOLO SHOW
2017 Beaumont Studios - Vancouver - GROUP EXHIBIT
2016 Science World - Vancouver - GROUP EXHIBIT
Awards, Grants & Fellowships
2022 Artist To Watch Award - Beaumont Studios - B1 Gallery
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