artist 
statement

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.

I am Métis & Romanian & was born into a life of trauma. I discovered photography  as a powerful artistic tool in my recovery from complex post traumatic stress. Creating photographic art has given me a sense of belonging & connectedness in place of isolation. In my search for understanding my Identity as a Mixed-Blood 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. 


I am a strictly analogue photographer. All edits are in-camera. Meaning there is no digital manipulation used to create my works of film art. With experimental films & techniques, I create layers & meaning to evoke deep emotion through my images. There are messages, manipulation of colour & distortion of time & place. The viewer is getting a glimpse of what it can be like inside the mind of a person who lives with complex post traumatic stress.


The art of film photography helps me through some of life's moments of chaos. Once I click the shutter of my Pentax SP 500 or other film cameras, I feel like I can breathe deeper. The release of the shutter is a perfect analogy of my releasing stress - Which leads me closer to recovery.


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