Karice Mitchell, becoming and unbecoming (working title), 2023. Courtesy of the Artist.

Karice Mitchell, I, from the Will to adorn series, 2024. Courtesy of the Artist.

Karice Mitchell, becoming and unbecoming (working title), 2023. Courtesy of the Artist.

Karice Mitchell, I, from the Will to adorn series, 2024. Courtesy of the Artist.


Artist Talk

Will to adorn: Karice Mitchell in Conversation with Chelsea Yuill

This event is free.

In person at The Polygon Gallery
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Join Capture Photography Festival’s Assistant Curator Chelsea Yuill in a talk with artist Karice Mitchell on her public art commission Will to adorn which includes the artwork becoming and unbecoming (working title) installed at The Polygon Gallery. These images centre the Black femme and contemplate self-care and the power of the body against society’s pressures and stigma. As part of Capture’s Public Art Program, Mitchell’s works adorn five billboard sites across Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The artist talk will run from 6:00PM–7:00PM with doors open at 5:30PM and a small reception from 7:00PM–7:30PM. Will to adorn and becoming and unbecoming (working title) are organized by Capture Photography Festival and curated by Chelsea Yuill, Assistant Curator.

Presented in partnership with The Polygon and generously supported by Pattison Outdoor Billboards and Bruce Munro Wright.

If you would like to make a donation to support Capture Photography Festival, please donate via our registered charitable organization Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts here. Amounts greater than $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.

About the Participants

Karice Mitchell is a photo-based installation artist whose practice uses found imagery and digital manipulation to engage with issues relating to the representation of the black female body in pornography and popular culture. Her work seeks to re-contextualize pre-existing images to reimagine possibilities for black womanhood and sexuality detached from the white gaze and patriarchy. She received her BFA at York University (2019) and has recently completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo. Currently, Mitchell resides on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people where she is a full-time lecturer at the University of British Columbia.

Chelsea Yuill is the Assistant Curator at Capture Photography Festival, where she coordinates the annual Catalogue, Featured Exhibition, and Public Art Projects ranging from billboards, transit stations, and building façades. In this role, she has worked with a myriad of lens-based artists including Jordan Bennett, Lucas Blalock, Michelle Bui, Sara Cwynar, Alex Gibson, Kapwani Kiwanga, Mahmoud El Safadi, and Celia Perrin Sidarous. Curatorial highlights are 88 Artists from 88 Years (2017); Intertwined (2018) both at Emily Carr University of Art + Design; EAT YOUR TAIL, Access Gallery (2020); and Here and Now, Pendulum Gallery (2023).

Published writings include an interview with Dana Qaddah, ReIssue (2021), and the exhibition text for Gillian Haigh: the change that weakens the hour, Monica Reyes Gallery (2023). Yuill holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2019), and attended the Momus Emerging Critics Residency (2021). She is on the Editorial Committee at Peripheral Review. Yuill is based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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