Ella Cooper
Ella Cooper
Multi-Arts | Photography | Film
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. 

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

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

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

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.

FEB 4 : Video Installation @ Long Winter / Theatre Centre (Toronto)
FEB 11 : Screening & Panel @ KUUMBA / Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
FEB 1 - 27 : Group Photography Show / Exposure Festival (Calgary)
APRIL 16 - 21 : Banff Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow (Toronto Arts Council)
APRIL 23 : Presentation / Open Engagement & Columbia College (Chicago)
APRIL 20 - 23 : US Premiere 'Dance for Life' @ Dance Camera West (LA)
JUNE 1 : Installation / Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) First Thursdays Event
JULY : PICTURE BERLIN - Summer Residency & Group Exhibition (Berlin)
JULY 26 : V-formation Screening : Saugeen Band Council
JULY 28 - AUG 26 : Group Show / XPACE Cultural Centre (Toronto)
SEPT 1 - 2 : V-formation Installation / Digital Carnival, Richmond World Festival (British Columbia)

DANCE FOR LIFE : DANCE FILM DOCUMENTARY SERIES Featuring : Yvonne Ng, Pulga Muchochoma, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Aria Evans & Sze Yang Ade-Lam

DANCE FOR LIFE : DANCE FILM DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Featuring : Yvonne Ng, Pulga Muchochoma, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Aria Evans & Sze Yang Ade-Lam

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.

PHOTO SERIES  : KRUMP BATTLE (TUDS TORONTO 2016)

PHOTO SERIES  : KRUMP BATTLE (TUDS TORONTO 2016)

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

Dance Film Improvisation

Youth dance film workshop & showcase

Luminato Festival Video Commission

Black Girls Film Camp

Award winning Documentary Short

Documentary Short 

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

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