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A photographic essay inspired by the 1994 film, Legends of the Fall.

Creative direction: Vivek Shraya.
Photography: Zachary Ayotte.
Styling, makeup & hair: Alanna Chelmick.
Set assistants: Adam Holman & Shauna McMartin.

“I am honoured to acknowledge the Indigenous lands that shared in the stewardship of this work, including those of Treaty 6 and the Métis Nation of Alberta. Special thank you’s to Shemeena Shraya, Trisha Yeo, Shauna McMartin, Leanne Tomanek, Tomanek Farms (and the generous horses Judy and Twin Cyty), Morgan Vanek, Jacquelyn Cardinal and Naheyawin, and Canada Council for the Arts for the support.” – Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Shraya’s visual art practice includes the internationally acclaimed photo series Trisha, featured in Vanity FairVillage Voice and India Today, and in solo exhibits in New York City and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, as well as her recent photo series Trauma Clown, featured on the cover of Now Magazine and in the Patel Gallery. Her album Part‑Time Woman was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel.” She is also the founder of the award-winning publishing imprint VS. Books, which supports emerging BIPOC writers.

A seven-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a Pride Toronto Grand Marshal and has been a brand ambassador for MAC Cosmetics and Pantene. She is a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary, and is currently adapting her debut play, How to Fail as a Popstar, for television with the support of CBC.

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