Courtesy of UNIT/PITT

Courtesy of UNIT/PITT

Artist Talk

Taking photos and making books: a conversation with Soloman Chiniquay and Louie Villanueva



Zoom Webinar

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Please note the event time is in Pacific Standard Time.

Join UNIT/PITT for a Free discussion on cameras, documentation, and self-publishing with lens-based artists, Soloman Chiniquay and Louie Villanueva.

This event will be a Zoom Webinar. Attendees will not be visible, but they may submit questions and comments through the Chat function. Live Closed Captioning will be available through Rev Live Captions. For additional accessibility accommodations, please email [email protected]


Soloman Chiniquay is a documentary photographer and filmmaker living between xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ territory and his homelands of Treaty 7 territory. His lens-based work explores the ways he is welcomed to witness expressions of Indigeneity, creating imagery that attempts to show, in sometimes raw ways: the land and the people on it, the ways they use and connect to the land, and the artifacts they leave on it.

Louie Villanueva is a photographer based in Moh’kins’tsis, located on Treaty 7 territory—also called Calgary, Canada. Born to parents of Filipino descent and self-taught in the practice of photojournalism, Villanueva explores the dialectic of art and craft in photography. His fascination with Zen Buddhist practice intermingle with philosophies of art and applying his way of seeing to everyday activities—walking to work, running errands, and parties. He is a preferred photographer for the University of Calgary, peddles the tools of the trade at The Camera Store, photographs weddings for Light Theory, and operates Neat Film Lab.

UNIT/PITT is a charitable non-profit artist-run organization that supports art and critical awareness by offering the tools, space, resources, and mentorship for emerging artists and members of our neighbouring Chinatown and Downtown Eastside communities. In 2021, UNIT/PITT with VIVO Media Arts Centre launched, an interdisciplinary art writing platform. UNIT/PITT has temporarily ceased operating a public gallery, but plans to reopen a new facility later this year.

UNIT/PITT operates on unceded lands belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

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