Hello photography enthusiasts! Pearl here from Simon Fraser University. As an undergrad visual artist, the photographic practice is familiar to me in many ways. Over time I’ve grown to not only appreciate photography a medium, but the capacity it has to change the way we view things. As Spring commences, so does Vancouver’s third annual celebration of photography — how fitting! Capture Photography Festival encompasses 50+ exhibitions, public installations, and a knock-out Speaker Series called “Writing with Light” that teases out critical issues in Photography. As the Festival’s Intern, I want to help you navigate this year’s offerings. How do you plan and schedule an ideal tour in order to get the most out of a festival of this magnitude? For a studying artist like me, I utilize the Itinerary planner on the Capture’s official site, which can be found on the bottom left corner (My Itinerary) to help you plan your trip.
5 things I’ve added to my Capture Festival Itinerary:
Date: April 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
It’s best to start your trip off with the launch of the festival itself. Celebrate the launch of the third annual Capture Photography Festival with us! Presentation House will also be announcing the winner of the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize during the launch. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a nice glass of wine (or beer) with your friends while meeting others who are also interested in the fest.
Also at the Launch: Capture’s Limited Editions! The Festival is selling a limited quantity of very special prints from emerging and established artists. From original works by Ian Wallace to Patryk Stasieczek, this is your chance to collect art accessibly. See the whole roster here.
Exhibition Date: April 1-16, 2016 Opening Reception: April 1 6:00 pm
Location: Arts Umbrella at Remington Gallery
108 East Hastings Street
The act of creation, presentation and consumption, is a participation-based exhibition presented by Arts Umbrella. It’s focus on growing instant production through social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat will be stimulating to those who are interested in how technology changes the way we produce in the new generation. Visitors can also take Polaroids that end up becoming displayed!
Exhibition Date: April 8 – May 14, 2016
Location: The Gam Gallery
110 East Hastings Street
Alex Waber’s Plant Life emphasizes on the dimensionality of 2D in photography. The series will incorporate elements that will allow viewers to experience beyond the photograph, to experience the physical surface of the objects as separate and beyond. This exhibition is also for the biodiverse-curious among us; plant life connotations, scientific functions and aesthetic quality.
Exhibition Date: April 15 – Jun 10, 201 Opening Reception: April 15, 2016 3:00 pm
Location: Art Beatus Gallery
108-808 Nelson Street
My fourth pick is an exhibition curated by Tamla Mah at the Art Beatus Gallery. In a Vaulted Room features my fellow classmates (and emerging artists!) Viki Wu and Neo Tang from Simon Fraser University. Both artists present their photographic works through dynamic themes in conjunction with the relationships a camera can conjure.
Exhibition Date: May 6 – July 17, 2016
Location: Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
Last but not least, my pick goes to Field Guide, presented by The Contemporary Art Gallery as the first major museum exhibition in Canada devoted to the celebrated German photographer Jochen Lempert. Lempert’s works roots in his background as a biologist. He concerns with subjects such as nature life, plants, animals, and other natural phenomena. His black and white photographs can be described as scientifically acumen with a poetic approach to nature appreciation, and sometimes humorous. This exhibition will be featuring from a very wide range of works of different sizes to his renowned classic repertoire of flora and fauna.
There you have it, the top 5 picks for my Capture Itinerary! What are yours? Remember that you can create your own itinerary now by choosing and selecting as many events as you will be interested in attending. We also have sections on our website for public installations and related events for your convenience, remember to use it to your advantage when creating your own itinerary, and let the Capture Photography Festival commence!