Isabella Dagnino, Leave Me Here

work statement

Leave Me Here is a work that looks at the complex history of Hope,
B.C.,the rural community I grew up in and examines what it means to grow
up in a place tethered to active forms of extraction and colonial narratives. This piece was made in support of my thesis research and works to unpacks the questions of “How does extraction colonialism impact community?” and “How do we form kinship in spite of embedded forms of white supremacy?” through experimental filmmaking. This work highlight the contemporary state of industry and how industrial colonial legacies are still experienced.

artist bio

Isabella Dagnino is a lens-based artist based residing on the unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They received their Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of the Fraser Valley their Master in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her art practice is rooted primarily in analog medium and large format photography as well as analog experimental filmmaking. As someone with Latinx, Indigenous, and Settler ancestry,(Mapuche, Metis) much of her work examines the experiences shaped by her cultural background and her relationship to place and community.