Patti Fraser and Corin Browne
Patti and Corin have partnered for more almost fifteen years of collaborative work in the field of community engaged arts practice. They were part of the founding team of the nationally recognized, award-winning Summer Visions Film Institute for Youth, colleague artists in a four-year digital storytelling residency with The Arts, Health, and Seniors Project and acted as Artistic Director and Senior Media Artist in the in the Documenting Engagement Institute. The Institute investigated the practice of mid-career community-based arts practitioners. It explored the potential of digital video as a means of documenting the aesthetics of engagement inherent in this art form. For three years, Patti and Corin were commissioned by Mountainview Cemetery to create a media installation titled “The Digital Shrine,” as part of the public celebratory art event Night for All Souls. In 2010, they created a series of digital video installations titled “Finding Home” in a community engaged art project with young women and founded Housing Matters Media Project to continued that work.
In addition to their collaborative work, Patti and Corin have been individually engaged in other community art based projects. They have worked with diverse communities including urban First Nations youth, immigrant and refugee communities, single mothers, young parents, Indo-Canadian farm workers and in the public health sector. Their community art projects have explored a wide range of issues including public health, HIV/AIDS, youth citizenship and activism, media democratization, memory and place, as well as other social justice issues.
Patti is the a Research Associate with Simon Fraser University’s Art for Social Change Research Project in BC and received the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for Community Engagement in 2013.
Corin’s latest projects include EMMA Talks, a speaker series for women cultural producers, and Common Notions: No Handbook Required a documentary exploring youth liberation that premiered at Doxa in May 2016.
Portraits of Connection
The 19th Birthday Party
Violet Rose Pharoah
Young Artists Explore the Housing Crisis
Ruby Smith Díaz
I was born to Chilean and Jamaican immigrant parents on Plains Cree, Blackfoot, and Nakoda Homelands, and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Since graduating, I have found my passion working as an arts based popular education facilitator with youth outside school environments, and have dedicated my practice to addressing systemic oppression by connecting individuals’ experiences with experiences of others on a larger scale, and calling them to action through active decolonization and art.
My piece for the Housing Media Project delves into the intentional erasure of the Black community in Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories that was once known as “Hogan’s Alley”, and explores the larger implications of having our homes built over stolen land and neighbourhoods of displaced peoples. I hope that the video serves as a call to action to know the real history of the places on which our homes stand on, and to become active agents in preventing the further displacement of communities of colour, low income communities, and Indigenous peoples.
Throughout his life, Chak has had the opportunity to explore and be trained in visual art, performance, and independent media production. His other interests include cultural analysis, geopolitics, experiential journalism, and storytelling.
Title of piece: Dissolution/Solutions
Summary: Dissolution tells the artist’s personal story of displacement and travel within Canada in the first decade of the 21st century. The short film served the artist as an exploration of his life story, one that is disparate and scattered, but was remembered, recollected, and affixed to a physical artwork as the process developed. Solutions is an exercise in positive, expansive thinking. Based out of the ethos that there is not one single solution to a problem, but hundreds, or even thousands, the video bombards the audience with possible strategies we can take to our governments, communities, and homes in order to rethink housing in our society.
Kim is a videographer, production assistant and independent filmmaker. She is completing her final year in the Broadcast Media Television program at BCIT and has her own mini video production freelance service. Having interned at Curly Tail Pictures and Blink Media Works and worked at MCC BC Kaleidoscope, she is now editing a documentary for a client called “Forgiveness” and doing volunteer editing for Red Line Media. As a young adult tackling school full-time, taking on freelance media projects, all the while living away from home with shared accommodations – finding affordable housing is a big part of her life.
Title of piece: Where the @!#$% Did all the Housing Go!?
Summary: It’s almost impossible in 2012 for young adults to rent or own a home within Vancouver, BC. The filmmakers interview seven people who are ready to move out of home. However with the lack of rental property it seems like their only options are either to stay at home or find a place somewhere else, far away. In order to solve this problem we need to get back “Purpose-Built Rental Housing” in the greater Vancouver region or else living in the place we know and love will be a privilege reserved for a wealthy elite.
I am a film instructor at Templeton Secondary, and Killarney Secondary school. I went through Vancouver Film Schools’s Digital Design program where I learned the adobe creative suite. I would consider myself a post production artist with a background in film making and motion graphics.
Title of piece: “You think you know?”
My piece is an animated infographic pertaining to housing matters in BC. The piece does not pull any punches and lays the issues flat out on the table. It takes the viewer through different categories of housing in BC, like Rentership, Homelessness, Social Housing and finally Ownership.
Title of piece: Give me solace
Growing up in lower East Vancouver I became acutely aware of the importance put on housing. I heard many conversations regarding the long waiting lists for decent housing, necessary repairs not completed, dangerous neighbours, grow-ops, substandard suites, and abusive landlords. We also had respectful landlords in our area too. Landlords who drove tenants to appointments and to get groceries, kept properties up, sent you Christmas cards, and made you feel like you mattered. In this film I am trying to show the emotional impact that housing or lack of housing can have on people.
I’m very interdisciplinary, but above all else I like experimental video. My faculty is intermedia. My skills are the art of purposefully disobeying conventions.
Title of piece: Dreamhouses
My piece is a somewhat experimental video collage. It aims to revisit the nostalgia of childhood and the dreams we build ourselves during those years, and also to explore the relationship between those childhood dreams and the realities of adulthood. These explorations occur through the eyes of those that make up my immediate community and, in a sense, my family.
Kim is a local visual artist and singer-songwriter.
Title of piece: Nomad
Summary: Nomad is Kim’s first stop motion animation film. She says: “I have taught stop motion animation, using clay, to children — but I had never made a stop motion film myself. I found this to be a creative experience I could own because I was telling my own story. Using a whiteboard and a marker, I illustrated my housing journey throughout the recent 2 year span.”
d lee williams
lee is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, working towards social, political, emotional, and healing justice. their artwork
and writing are methods of documenting the journey. Currently identifying as a queer gender-critical feminist of mixed ethnicity and varying skin tones – their preferred gender pronouns are ‘they, them, theirs’.
Title of piece: Housing Matters
David Henderson Hean