Stephanie Rebick is an Associate Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery and she is sharing some of her 2021 Festival highlights in her #DayAtCapture. Tag @capturephotofest on Instagram and Facebook to share your #DayAtCapture with us!
Best days for this self-guided tour are: Tuesday–Saturday
11 am I work at the Vancouver Art Gallery so after clearing my inbox I would head to the ground floor to check out one of Capture’s Featured Exhibitions Pictures and Promises, curated by my colleague Grant Arnold and Capture’s Executive Director, Emmy Lee Wall. Drawn from the Gallery’s vast photography holdings, it features some gems that highlight artists’ interrogation of the aesthetic language of advertising.
11:30 am Next, I would walk a few blocks to take in Jordan Bennett’s powerful installation titled altaqiaq: it spirals on the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation. Capture’s Dal Grauer projects are always a highlight for me, and Bennett’s iteration is not to be missed.
11:45 am By now I am ready for my second coffee of the day, so I would grab a Mobi and bike across the Granville bridge stopping at Mon Pitou for a latte and a croissant. If you have auspicious timing, you can grab a spot on their tiny patio and watch the never-ending parade of Fairview’s dogs out for their midday walks.
12:45 pm After a short break, I would head over to Granville Street and visit the Selected Exhibitoin Lindsay McIntyre is Inviting You to a Scheduled Zoom Meeting at Marion Scott Gallery. Here McIntyre examines the ubiquitous online meeting platform that has become a WFH mainstay while questioning notions of identity and modes of communication.
1:30 pm Now I would walk down to 4th and Fir and hop on the 84 bus towards Macaulay & Co. Fine Art to see Tom Hsu’s solo Selected Exhibition a spot behind the ear. These beautifully shot, intimate moments between friends have me yearning for the possibilities of a post-Covid summer.
2 pm Next, I would walk north to Chinatown to check out Will Kwan’s prescient solo Selected Exhibition at Centre A. Viewing these works in the midst of a pandemic – when economic and social inequalities have only intensified – amplifies their urgency.
3 pm Ready for a snack, I would pop over to MILA at Main and Keefer for some tasty plant-based takeout. If you are ready to start your evening, I highly recommend their Mimosa Flight to-go. While waiting for my food, I would check out the latest offerings at my favourite bookstore in the city – Massy Books – which is around the corner on Georgia St.
3:30 pm After enjoying my lunch, I would walk to Expo Blvd and Abbott St to view Toronto-based artist and curator Anique Jordan’s haunting billboard project that includes works from her Darkie series. I’m a big fan of both Jordan’s curatorial work and visual art, and I’m thrilled to see her photographs featured so prominently in Vancouver.
4 pm To end my day, I would hop on a Mobi at Andy Livingstone Park and head to Monte Clark’s new Railtown gallery to see Vilhelm Sundin’s solo Selected Exhibition Soon which includes cinematic photographs that play with the dichotomy of the real and the imagined.