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Seeking 6 women to participate in a photographic, video and poetic community empowerment project celebrating Black female identity in the Canadian landscape.

Must be available for the following dates:

DAY 1 : Workshop & Potluck | 1:00 – 5:00pm | Downtown Montreal 

DAY 2:   – All Day | Group Photoshoot & Guided Excursion Easter Townships | 9:am start

No experience necessary. Participants will receive an honorarium of $150 for their time. 
Transport & Lunch will be provided to and from Montreal. Must be 18 years or older.
Workshop will be conducted in English, some French translation will be available.

The BODY | LAND | IDENTITY project is an exciting national project taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax (each location representing one of the seasons).

Spring (Vancouver/Squamish)

Summer (Halifax/Martinique Beach)

Autumn (Montreal/Estrie)

Winter (Toronto Island)

Multidisciplinary artist and creative facilitator Ella Cooper will be collaborating with four different groups of women from each city over three days. Together each group of women will help develop the first phase of this community centred project that will use photography, video, interviews and poetry writing to create positive representations of women of Afro/Carribean heritage created both by the artist and participants. 

Day 1 – Potluck & Photo-based workshop located in a comfortable space in the city | This 4-hour gathering will consist of facilitation, creative activities, movement, and dialogue on Black female identity/body to build group connection and define the ways each you want to be seen and celebrated in society. Participants will also learn basic photography techniques to begin investigating how to embody this message in photographic portraits. Day 1 will also be used to prepare for Day 2.

Day 2 - Outdoor workshop and community led photo/video shoot | This day trip will involve a moderate hike up Owl's Head Mountain, a short First Nations history of the Easter Townships/Abenaki Territory by a First Nations Elder, followed by a group photo shoot and creative exploration around Owls Head Mountain & Lake Memphremagog. Each participant will have the opportunity to be both the photographer and the one being photographed. Ella will also take an individual portrait of each participant to be included in a final photo/ video installation (similar to flyer photo). Transportation to and from Montreal will be provided. Plus snacks and a brown bag lunch will also be included.



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