Mark your calendars for the launch of the 2018 Capture Photography Festival and the opening of our Feature Exhibition, The Blue Hour, in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson St, Vancouver
About The Blue Hour
Writing in 1857, only a few short decades after the “invention” of photography, the art historian and critic Elizabeth Eastlake describes the photographic image as “one that approaches us from the future and arrives in the present.” While referring to the new technologies in chemical photography at the time, Eastlake’s comment might also be interpreted more portentously, as critical theorist Kaja Silverman suggests in The Miracle of Analogy: or, The History of Photography, Part 1, as an invitation to upend canonical readings of photographs, which emphasize their simultaneous demonstration of “this-has-been” and “this-is-no-more.”
The Blue Hour extends from this radical premise to rethink our assumptions about the photograph’s relationship to time. The exhibition presents work by five Canadian and international artists—Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman—and collectively acts as a proposition to consider the futurity of the photographic image.
Image: Joi T. Arcand, Northern Pawn, South Vientam – North Battleford, Saskatchewan, from the series otē nīkān misiwē askīhk – Here on Future Earth, 2009, inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist and Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection