‘Trauma Clown’ cover art

Trauma Clown is a new photo series that traces the correlation between the amount of suffering a marginalized artist shares in their work and the increase in their commodification.

Part of the 2019 CONTACT photography festival at Patel Projects in Toronto.

Read the essay by Vivek

“How did the suffering of marginalized artists become so marketable?”

  • Creative direction by Vivek Shraya
  • Photography by Zachary Ayotte
  • Makeup & hair by Alanna Chelmick
  • Costume by Mic. Carter for L’Uomo Strano
  • Set assistants: Adam Holman & Natasha Jensen
  • Special thanks to Natasha Jensen and the Arts Commons team
    for granting us permission to shoot in the Arts Learning Centre,
    the Engineered Air Theatre, and the Jack Singer Concert Hall of Arts Commons