Screenshots of Home
March – June, 2021
Local emerging artist Asalah Youssef’s series Screenshots of Home (2020) documents people in their homes as they grapple with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although in-person social interactions have been heavily restricted since the initial lockdown in the spring of 2020, Youssef recognizes that meaningful connections are still possible online, even between strangers. Using the Instagram platform to connect with people from all over the world, Youssef arranged conversations on FaceTime with individuals and families. As they shared their stories, Youssef took screenshots of the participants in their homes, documenting the spectrum of emotions experienced during this time.
About the Artist | Asalah Youssef
Asalah Youssef is a local seventeen-year-old photographer, environmentalist, social entrepreneur and well-being advocate from Port Coquitlam. She uses her love of imagery and storytelling to spark questions and create change.
Youssef has been written about and interviewed by the National Post, Globe and Mail, CTV, Breakfast Television and MTV. She has travelled across Canada speaking at the WE Day youth empowerment events and has presented at TedxYouth in Langley. She is a two-time finalist in the Chester Fields Photo Competition hosted by the Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, and has exhibited in Fort Langley and at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto. Youssef enjoys exploring the beautiful unceded land of the Katzie First Nation that she gratefully resides on.