Fareena Chanda is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist, photographer and researcher. Chanda uses a process-based inquiry to explore themes of self-knowledge through time-based media and installation-art practices. Her work incorporates the traditional arts, materiality and spatiality to create immersive, embodied experiences. The role of the body is integral to her work where it functions both as the material and site of her projects, ultimately becoming the vehicle through which the audience experiences the artwork. Through her research, Chanda questions the definition and teleology of Islamic art while positioning a contemporary studio-practice within the historical discipline.
Chanda holds a BFA in photography from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) and an interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD University (Toronto, Canada). She is the recipient of several Ontario Arts Council grants and has exhibited her work in Canada, US and Pakistan. Most recently, her installations were exhibited at the Subtle Technologies Festival and The Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up To My Room in Toronto and the Orillia Museum of Art and History in Orillia. Alongside her art-practice, Chanda owns a creative startup called The Friday Collective, a paper goods company that celebrates timeless wisdoms and inspires reflection through art and design; and she works with various art organizations in the GTA on arts programming and events.