Sarah Shamash’s research-creation practice is committed to decolonial, feminist critique and action; it encompasses, artmaking, writing, curation, and education. Her artworks comprise the use of media in a wide variety of formats, such as installation, documentary, photography, sound, performance, and video. They have been shown in curated exhibitions and film festivals internationally. Her projects often underline geopolitics, feminist thought, and historical difference as a marker for understanding the world and worldlings in media histories. Her work as an artist, researcher, educator, and programmer can be understood as interconnected and whole; they all revolve around a passion for cinema and media art as a pluriversal technology of knowledge. She gratefully raises her son and lives on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh First Nations in what is known as Vancouver.
This discussion will center feminist models for sustainable creation processes in resistance to predatory surveillance capitalist paradigms. Sarah Shamash will reflect on feminist solidarity and feminized labour in the face of patriarchal structures and how the above have been impacted by the pandemic. Collaboration as part of a relational practice will be examined through past and ongoing art and film work such as the iterative performance “Recipes for (un)domestication” (with media artist Deanne Achong) that make visible and audible how positionalities as women and as caregivers from diaspora backgrounds politicize auditory experiences. She will highlight a collaborative work-in-progress (with artist-scholar Sonia Medel) on Latin American media herstories through intergenerational dialogues with a Latin American community of artists, scholars, and activists. She will further reflect on feminism, collaboration, and artmaking as a speculative practice of resistance as it intersects with her work with the art/mamas collective.