Co-commissioned by Gallery 44, The Western Front (Vancouver) and The Rooms (St. John’s)

A Canadian media artist currently based in Los Angeles, Aleesa Cohene uses found footage, sculpture, and sound to reflect a disparity in the way Black and white bodies are represented in the cultural imagination. By working with imagery from contemporary Hollywood films, Cohene poses questions for herself and the viewer: How do my personal politics contribute to what is happening around me? How do I make room for other systems of representation to come into being?

Aleesa Cohene, Whoa (Roses as Chrysanthemums), inkjet print, 2017