The concept of love has been the driving force behind the creation of some of our greatest works of art, our philosophies, and our most severe behaviors. Now artist Angela Fama is traveling across North America with her project WHAT IS LOVE, opening her traveling pop-up photo studio at community events and random spots along the way to question definitions of love. With WHAT IS LOVE, Fama will be unifying communities athwart the continent using collaborative performance and comparative photography.
“WHAT IS LOVE came to me over a year ago as a natural progression from projects I have previously worked on. It started with a small group of peers and then extended to our surrounding communities. I began to see the links between the people and communities involved in the projects and am excited to take it further and see this style of connection span the continent,” says Fama. From April through July in 2015, Fama will be stopping in Canadian cities like Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal, as well as US spots such as Detroit, Summertown, Athens, NEW ORLEANS and Portland in a motor home that has been refurbished as a mobile studio. Fama will be inviting interested passersby to join her individually in the studio to converse on the word "love" and photographically capture the micro expressions shared in the process.
“WHAT IS LOVE is inclusive of everything that I have learned in life so far, it takes my entire being to be present in order to capture these images. It is fulfilling. I'm always hoping to take collaborators and viewers one step further within themselves and their own understanding. I like it when they share and compare their new understanding with others, either at the viewing of the work or within their lives. When this happens I know the WHAT IS LOVE process and artwork is cultivating individual and communal growth. WHAT IS LOVE is a worthwhile journey and I consider my work and efforts a success,” says Fama.
The 5th Annual Loving Festival is collaborating with Fama to present her WHAT IS LOVE Pop-up Photo Studio to the New Orleans community in June. For more information visit www.wabisabibutterfly.com, www.angelafama.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow WHAT IS LOVE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wabisabibutterfly
Photo courtesy of Angela Fama. #lovingfestival