Ella Cooper
Ella Cooper
Multi-Arts | Photography | Film | Community
Ella is invested in complex notions of visuality and representational space, doing so at a critical moment in contemporary global arts discourse. This involves recognizing the importance of locating the multiple herstories and realities of diasporic cultures, which is vital to current definitions of cultures as a whole.
— Pamela Edmonds, curator
   EMBODIED LAND / ECSTATIC    RESISTANCE  Ecstatic nude exploration in the Canadian landscape. Exploring themes of Black Joy, reclamation, Canadian national identity and embodies elated resistance.

EMBODIED LAND / ECSTATIC RESISTANCE
Ecstatic nude exploration in the Canadian landscape. Exploring themes of Black Joy, reclamation, Canadian national identity and embodies elated resistance.

  ECSTATIC NUDES   Reclaiming the Black female nude through embodied elated resistance #BlackJoy

ECSTATIC NUDES
Reclaiming the Black female nude through embodied elated resistance #BlackJoy

  VIDEO INSTALLATION : V-FORMATION  Part of the BODY LAND IDENTITY series : locating the Black female body in the Canadian landscape

VIDEO INSTALLATION : V-FORMATION
Part of the BODY LAND IDENTITY series : locating the Black female body in the Canadian landscape

  DANCE FOR LIFE : DANCE FILM DOCUMENTARY  Featuring : Pulga Muchochoma Honorable Mention for 'BEST DOCUMENTARY' San Francisco Dance Film Festival  Official Selection - 2017 Dance Camera West (LA), 2018 Cinedans International Dance Film Festival (Amsterdam), 2018 ReFrame Dance Film Festival, 2017 Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto) 2018 World Cinema Festival (Amsterdam) and featured on Metro Morning & Bell Fibe TV.

DANCE FOR LIFE : DANCE FILM DOCUMENTARY Featuring : Pulga Muchochoma
Honorable Mention for 'BEST DOCUMENTARY' San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Official Selection - 2017 Dance Camera West (LA), 2018 Cinedans International Dance Film Festival (Amsterdam), 2018 ReFrame Dance Film Festival, 2017 Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto) 2018 World Cinema Festival (Amsterdam) and featured on Metro Morning & Bell Fibe TV.

  CONFESSIONAL  : Berlin Photobooth Series : Prints & Video Installation

CONFESSIONAL : Berlin Photobooth Series : Prints & Video Installation

  'NO SELF' : Butoh Portraits :  featuring 4Rude Dance Company

'NO SELF' : Butoh Portraits : featuring 4Rude Dance Company

  PHOTO SERIES : BODY LAND IDENTITY   Participatory photo video series and workshop exploring representation of the Black female body in Canadian landscape...images coming soon.

PHOTO SERIES : BODY LAND IDENTITY
Participatory photo video series and workshop exploring representation of the Black female body in Canadian landscape...images coming soon.

   IMPOSSIBLE LONGING : VIDEO PERFORMANCE ART    Video Installation / Experimental film : Contemplating notions of Blacklessness, land, reclamation and the absurd.

IMPOSSIBLE LONGING : VIDEO PERFORMANCE ART
Video Installation / Experimental film : Contemplating notions of Blacklessness, land, reclamation and the absurd.

  UNTITLED : NEW EXPLORATIONS  : Berlin Residency

UNTITLED : NEW EXPLORATIONS : Berlin Residency

Ella’s work also reveals how aesthetic practices effectively emphasize the possibility of shifting the colonizing gaze through re-signification and through complex intersections of multiple places, historical temporalities, and subject positions. This work is a relevant reflection of art and humanity in our current age of transitional subjectivities and changeable social realities.
— Pamela Edmonds
  PHOTO SERIES : KRUMP BATTLE (TUDS TORONTO 2016)

PHOTO SERIES : KRUMP BATTLE (TUDS TORONTO 2016)

GONE : Dance Film Improvisation : Shot in Necropolis, Toronto’s oldest cemetery, Ella Cooper, filmmaker, and Kassi Scott, contemporary dance artist, came together for a spontaneous dance film exploration of this historical space. This film is part of a series of dance film improvisations Ella created with local dance artists to explore how space and the constraints of time could inform new dance on screen works. The collaboration led to a piece that is reminiscent of Afro spirituals, exploring themes of death, loss and longing as Kassi Scott performs this historical site with Ella’s camera as active witness. Currently on exhibition at the Canada Council for the Arts Group Show @ Ajagemo, curated by Jenn Goodwin


Youth dance film workshop & showcase

Luminato Festival Video Commission

Black Girls Film Camp

Award winning Documentary Short

Documentary Short 

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Click here to view more of Ella's community projects, workshops & arts initiatives