Alia Shahab

Whether it be building a physical bridge between two houses to connect neighbours, collaborating with her creative peers and local youth to build a mobile arts playground, designing an interactive light sculpture for the public, carving snow sculptures for Winter festivals, or performing shadow puppetry around a fire in her backyard, community participation plays an integral role in Alia’s work.

Her process has been influenced by 10 years as a Facilitator for Antyx Community Arts; working to engage and collaborate with youth and communities in realizing creative projects. Play, repetition, exaggeration, and absurdity are often used in her work as ways to explore re-connection with other humans, the natural world, and her own identity. Her work has been primarily sculptural and installation based, often using electronics and new media for their abilities to deepen the potential for an immersive and interactive experience.

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