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What Is Love
Video Installation - 2.5hr (8min sample shown above) - 2016
Viewer discretion is advised. All participants knowingly signed releases granting the right to share their story.

WHAT IS LOVE

is a multi-layered comparative photography project aimed at unifying individuals past perceived differences through social practice, creatively and collaboratively redefining the word love

The concept of love has been the inspiration behind some of our greatest works of art, philosophies, and most severe behaviours.  While Webster’s Dictionary defines love as “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person”, this uniform definition precludes our understanding that the human experience of love is varied

Fama began What Is Love in response to this standardized definition. Through the months of May - October 2015, she drove over 17,000 kilometres across Canada and the USA in "Debbie", a 1977 RV she remodelled to be a travelling photo studio. Fama set up at over 20 locations, both pre-determined events chosen for their diversity and random stops along the way. She captured over 300 interactions with interested passers-by, asking the same set of questions and documenting their individual conversations on love through image and audio.



What Is Love 180: Janet
ATHICA, Athens GA USA

Quadriptych Digital Image 2015-7 

As part of the final works included in the What is Love project, 70 individual short story videos have been created and played one after the other in a 2.5hr installation video (sampled above). Captured photographic still images are shown paired with recorded audio, changing in timed response with the shutter clicks from Fama’s camera as specific questions are asked and answered.

In addition to the video, a quadriptych image of each participant has been created and the responses have been transcribed. Within the quadriptych, four head and shoulder portraits appear in a row, on a white background, as follows: straight on, eyes closed, considering their response to the question and after their response has been shared.  The project also includes over 100 road shots depicting the journey across North America and a book containing 70 quadriptychs without transcriptions.




What Is Love 205: Victor
New Orleans Loving Festival, Cafe Istanbul, The New Orleans Healing Center, NOLA USA
Quadriptych Digital Image 2015-2017


What Is Love has been created within the Wabisabi Butterfly umbrella project, founded by Fama in 2010 with the concept of bringing together adult survivors of trauma and sexual abuse to form safe, respectful, inclusive communities engaged in the arts with and through collaborative positive change. Wabisabi is a concept centered on an acceptance of transience and perfection found within imperfection when paired with the Butterfly, a symbol of change and transience itself emerging fully transformed once a caterpillar has entered a self-contained self-digestive chrysalis period, create a symbolic representative for the one constant in life: change.

Partial funding for the What Is Love project was community sourced through KICKSTARTER
For more information on the What Is Love project and Wabisabi Butterfly, please visit FACEBOOK

Much gratitude to all who have collaborated with this project in any way - What Is Love could not have been created without you.



Interior "Debbie"
Duratrans on Lighbox 2015  



What Is Love: En Route 107

8"X8" Wall Vinyl Film 2016   



What Is Love: En Route 083, Gay Pride, Albuquerque NM, USA
8"X8" Wall Vinyl Film 2016


 
 
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