Something fresh and exciting is going on over at the CBC. A new show called Exhibitionists is exploring a wide spectrum of Canadian art, carving out a new segment of national identity. The show features artists within various disciplines who are doing something edgy, different or daring. We met up with Amanda Parris, Host of Exhibitionists, to tell us more.
She starts by explaining when art is equated with celebrity, status and entertainment, other unique/niched artists, often go unrecognized. ”There hasn’t been a national televised space for exploring artists who are doing things that might not necessarily be perceived as sexy to the mainstream but are emerging, avant-garde… they’ll never make it to the mainstream and don’t even want to but there should be a platform to share what they do.”
That is exactly what Exhibitionists does while instilling a sense of intrigue and Canadian pride. “I hope with the opening of this door, Canadians will watch, be inspired by it and feel proud.” Subjects are selected by a team of researchers or through e-mail pitches from artists or videographers who the CBC commission to produce mini docs. “Although Canada is not conventionally thought of as an artistic and creative country, maybe we should start to see ourselves that way.”
Well before her time at the CBC, Amanda fell in love with the arts and community scene. Years ago, she served on staff at The Remix Project, an artistic incubator serving youth from under-served communities. Although she was the youngest and the only girl, she held her own. “That experience has been critical to my entire development. Remix opened the doors for me to recognize and understand so many artistic industries across Toronto. The connections I made have served me so well. I still feel to this day, it’s a family.”
So what exactly is it that drives this passion? “For me, art in general, engaging in it, creating it and being able to support other people in the creation of art, gives me life. It makes me excited! It’s where I find passion, it’s where I find inspiration, it’s where I find perspective.”
And like many young professionals she faced obstacles and rejections but says, it was all meant to unfold exactly how it has saying, “The universe works in mysterious ways. So many opportunities came up that I didn’t get for whatever reason but I think, I wasn’t supposed to get them because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to host Exhibitionists.”
You can catch Exhibitionists on CBC every Sunday at 4:30pm.
Watch: Season 1 Episode 17
Photos by Patrick Leung
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