From wily cooking crews to quiet boardrooms, I have been researching and experimenting with community engagement strategies for the past fifteen years. I am grateful for the opportunity to be exploring arts-based methodologies that enable us to build resilience and reimagine possibility. The process of photography has been an enduring love, nudging me to slow down, reflect, hold onto and steep in moments that become part of my memory, and hopefully also our collective memory.
As a second generation Chinese Canadian settler who grew up in so-called Vancouver, I gratefully acknowledge that I live on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples. Now raising a 3rd generation on this land, the desire for my family to feel a connection to our ancestors, their joys and their struggles, while contributing to the stewardship the Coast Salish peoples have led since time immemorial is a constant and intertwined thread in my work.
- Shelby Tay 鄭少燕
These pages make up a personal documentation project exploring what it means to make a living while making a life.