My approach with this assignment was to tell my story of how I connect to my home country through my family and past generations.
I used my own video and photography to heighten my feelings and surroundings, as well as sound effects that supported my experiences and the way I interact inside the environment.
When introduced to this project, my first instinct for land was my home in Vancouver, where I grew up. Starting in the downtown Eastside to the forestial suburb of North Vancouver, there will always be a special place in my heart for the earth that made me who I am today. As I went deeper and wanted to focus on my point more, I thought of my high school as space and land with a community, culture, and rich earth and forest all around it. But in growing up on that land that is Handsworth Secondary, my memories were polluted, and my senses were overwhelmed as I remembered the patriarchal system within the bounds of a small community and could smell it too. I wanted to offer an experience of the smells of my youth and experience of toxic masculinity as a young woman. There is no smell more toxic and representational than Axe Body Spray. I wish I could offer you all the tester that I designed so you can better understand the force of it, but I hope you can feel it through my reciting of the stories of two women who, like me and billions more, go out in the world and face misogyny on the daily.
For this assignment, we decided to compare our different perspectives and experiences with Toronto. We felt that we had a unique perspective since Ricky grew up in the city but I am from a small town and just moved to the city. We are two complete strangers who grew up in two very different places, but we are both currently in Toronto. Ricky thought of the city as busy, loud, and private. I, on the other hand, am from a small quiet town where everyone knows everyone and I have always admired the city for its excitement. We wanted to explore that opposite dynamic. We chose to do a mixed media approach, utilizing photography and illustration as well as poetry to communicate our story. We started off by looking at the lake since we both see the same water but very different views. From Toronto, all you see is a vast expanse of water, but from Hamilton, you can see the Toronto skyline across the lake. Then we decided to discuss the highway as an image that we both see as transporting possibility. We explored our love of music and what makes us feel like we’re floating away. We also explored the idea of privacy and anonymity in the city vs in a small town. Our last image is a combination of the King Streets in both Toronto and Dundas, symbolizing our appreciation and nostalgia for both lifestyles.
We utilized different styles and themes throughout the piece to signify Toronto vs Dundas. For example, the city is always represented by cool colours whereas Dundas is represented with warm colours. Ricky’s poetry is displayed in a typewriter style font whereas my poetry is displayed in a handwritten font. We mashed up images from both places throughout the piece to symbolize our combined experiences and perspectives.
This is a story about the world where me (Bella) and Delia live. While our experiences have been very different, living in Toronto has created many shared memories between us. This video tells the story of the Land where we are, and where we are from, and shows the relationships we have with the place we are currently in.
Here’s our submission for the ‘Your World, Our World’ Project:
Tasnimah Ahmed – 3191246
Zed Sheikh – 3193089