Karen Zalamea, The Joyce-Collingwood Food Hub, 2022–23, archival inkjet print, 55.88 x 228.6 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Karen Zalamea, The Joyce-Collingwood Food Hub, 2022–23, archival inkjet print, 55.88 x 228.6 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Artist Talk

Artist Talk | Featured Exhibition Here and Now, moderated by Chelsea Yuill

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In the first activation of Capture Photography Festival’s Featured Exhibition Here and Now, five of the artists included in the exhibition – Jin-me Yoon, Karen Zalamea, Isaac Thomas, Jaiden George, and Alexine McLeod – are in conversation with Capture’s Assistant Curator, Chelsea Yuill. The artists will share insights into their practice and how each of their commissioned works respond to the theme of place and the changing photographic landscape of Vancouver.

Here and Now is organized by Capture Photography Festival and curated by Emmy Lee Wall, Executive Director, and Chelsea Yuill, Assistant Curator.

Presented by the Audain Foundation and generously supported by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About the Participants

Jaiden George (b. 1999, Tofino, BC, Canada; lives and works between Tofino and Vancouver, BC, Canada) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His work has been exhibited at the Michael O’Brian Exhibition Commons + RBC Media Gallery and the Faculty Gallery at Emily Carr. George was the 2022 recipient of the Chick Rice Award for Excellence in Photography. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

Alexine McLeod (b. 1987, Vancouver, BC; lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2016) and an MFA from the University of Guelph (2020). Her work has been exhibited at Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Birch Contemporary (Toronto), Boarding House Gallery (Guelph), Art Toronto, and in multiple group and solo exhibitions at Monte Clark in Vancouver, where she has been represented since 2016. During her time at ECUAD, she received the Renée Van Halm + Pietro Widmer Graduation Award for Visual Arts as well as a scholarship from the Vancouver Art Guild. Since then, she was selected as the inaugural artist of the RBC emerging artist series for the Remai Modern opening, a shortlisted candidate for the CASV emerging artist prize, as well as receiving numerous research and travel-based scholarships during her MFA at the University of Guelph in Ontario. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. 

Isaac Thomas (b. 1989, San Francisco, California, USA; lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada) works with a combination of analogue photography, digital montage, painting, and installation that draw on notions of conceptual art. Often engaging with encoded narratives, he aims to create unique artworks that explore life’s leftovers in the streets and the world’s widely overlooked subtleties. Interested in themes surrounding cultural identity, his work tries to reverberate indistinct portrayals of the urban environment and attempts to amplify/transfix them within the artist’s studio.

Thomas received his BFA from Emilly Carr University of Art and Design. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto), Trapp Projects (Vancouver), Liquidation World (Vancouver), Gallery 295 (Vancouver).

Jin-me Yoon (b. 1960, Seoul, South Korea; lives and works in Vancouver, BC) is a Korean-born, Vancouver-based artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Since the early 1990s, her lens-based practice has critically examined the entangled relations of tourism, militarism, and colonialism. Yoon has used photography, video, and performance to situate her personal experience of migration in relation to unfolding historical, political, and ecological conditions. Through experimental cinematography and the performative gestures of family, friends, and community members, By reconnecting repressed pasts with damaged presents, Yoon creates the conditions for different futures. Staging her work in charged landscapes, she finds specific points of reference across multiple geopolitical contexts. In so doing, she brings worlds together, affirming the value of difference.

Yoon’s practice, which stretches over thirty years, has witnessed the presentation of her work in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions across North America, Asia, and Australia, as well as select institutions worldwide. Her work is held in eighteen Canadian and international public collections. This year, she won the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award, celebrating excellence in Canadian contemporary lens-based art. A Professor of Visual Art at Simon Fraser University, in 2018, Yoon was elected as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada, a council of Canadian scholars, scientists and artists recognized for their relevant and significant contribution to the larger society. 

Karen Zalamea (b. Vancouver, BC; lives and works in Burnaby, BC, Canada) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2004) and an MFA from Concordia University (2009). Her work has been exhibited at Access Gallery (Vancouver), Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver), Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Franc Gallery (Vancouver), Galerie Simon Blais (Montreal), Gallerí Fold (Reykjavik), Gallery TPW (Toronto), and Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art (North Vancouver). Her work will be presented in a group exhibition at The Reach Gallery Museum (Abbotsford, 2023). Zalamea was the inaugural recipient of the Sylvie and Simon Blais Foundation Award for Emerging Visual Artists. She currently lives and works in Burnaby, BC.

Chelsea Yuill is a curator whose practice aims to connect the public with contemporary art practices in transformative and thought-provoking ways. Her curatorial projects include the alumni exhibition 88 Artists from 88 Years (2017), and Intertwined (2018) both at Emily Carr University of Art + Design; and EAT YOUR TAIL, Access Gallery (2020). As the Assistant Curator at Capture Photography Festival, she has coordinated four annual catalogues, and nearly 40 public art projects. Curatorial projects include Elisabeth Belliveau: A Vase with Pale Roses (2020), Rydel Cerezo: Back of My Hand (2020), Yumna Al-Arashi: Holy Terrain (2021), Simon Bermeo-Ehmann: CLIPS (2021), Celia Perrin Sidarous: Flotsam (2021), Mahmoud El Safadi: Becoming (2021), Michelle Bui: Mutable Materialism (2022), Joseph Maida: Things “R” Queer” (2022), Alex Gibson: Untitled (Garden) (2021), Meganelizabeth Diamond: The Surface of an Image (2023), and Here and Now (2023).

Her interview with Dana Qaddah was published in ReIssue (2021), she was a mentee in the Momus Emerging Critics Residency (2021), and wrote the exhibition text for Gillian Haigh: the change that weakens the hour at Monica Reyes Gallery (2023). Yuill holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2019), and is based in so-called Vancouver on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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