“Who am I, Who are we?”
How do we identify ourselves? How does our identity connect us to others?
As artists, our expression is rooted in our identity such that who we are affect how we see. Understanding the “Who” requires acknowledging our past before it can help us inform our future. Felicia will explore the idea of identity by diving into her own cultural roots and personal history and how that has shaped her person and the photographs she makes. As much as the concept of identity is enigmatic and complex, she is sure of this - identity is ever evolving and never defined by only one noun. She will invite us to think about our own identity on a deeper level so that we may be better advocates for ourselves and better allies for others through our work as photographers.
Felicia Chang is a documentary photographer and educator based in North Vancouver. She is drawn to the nuances of human emotions and how photographs have the power to shape narratives. She believes that all versions of life stories deserve visual space, and her photographs reflect an intersection of complex frames and emotions. As an instructor, she works to change the mindset of photographers at the grassroots level to advocate for everyoneʼs version of reality as photo-worthy. Within her community, she works with local childrenʼs hospitals and hospices to document end of life journeys.
Although she spent much of her early adult life as a geologist through the Canadian Arctic with a camera around her neck, the start of a family changed it all. Photos of rocks and landscapes were traded for photos of life. Despite being raised to strive for achievement and perfection, sheʼs happier being a work-in-progress, with a focus on the journey and experience, rather than the summit (an advice which she often shares with her daughters). Her current projects explore the fertility challenges of a single woman in her mid-40s and the duality of Vancouverʼs Chinatown. One day she hopes to return to the Canadian Arctic to document the lives of the indigenous people and how the mining industry has impacted their communities.