Tu–Sa: 11 am–5 pm: Su&M: closed
Drawn from the Kazlaw Collection, a Vancouver law firm founded by Marc Kazimirski, the exhibition includes works by artists who established their practices in Vancouver, a city in which conceptual photography was once a dominant tradition. Many of these artists have focused their lens on the seemingly ordinary: abandoned mattresses, burnt-out cars, empty shelters, and vacant lots—objects, things, and places all marked by human activity but where people are rarely present.
Howard Ursuliak’s Vestige-(Shelter) (2004) provoked Kazimirski’s interest in collecting contemporary photography. The image, a frank depiction of an empty shelter with soiled floors and posters plastered to the glass—a banal structure at the side of a walkway—is a depiction of an emergency refuge at the University of British Columbia installed following a series of assaults on female students. For Kazimirski, the photograph is unsettling and provides a way of looking deeper into underlining societal issues.