Fareena Chanda (b. 1984, France) is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher who questions the definition and teleology of Islamic Art through a contemporary arts-practice lens. Using time-based media, installation art, book arts, screen-printing, and more recently traditional Islamic arts, Fareena creates immersive, embodied experiences that explore themes of self-knowledge, the physiology of being, the passage of time, and the elemental in nature. Underscoring all of Fareena's work is the pursuit of new methodologies that illuminate the commonalities between the traditional and the contemporary arts.
Fareena holds a BFA in photography from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) and an interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD University (Toronto, Canada). Fareena is the recipient of several Ontario Arts Council grants. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at: The Ismaili Centre (Canada), The Gladstone Hotel (Canada), The Theatre Centre (Canada), Orillia Museum of Art and History (Canada), IVS Gallery (Pakistan), Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Seattle, USA). Most recently, Fareena was selected to attend a residency at the Banff Centre (Canada) titled ‘The Art of Stillness’ led by renowned writer Pico Iyer.
Fareena Chanda lives and works in Toronto, Canada with her partner and daughter.