The Georgia Straight
Five gallery picks for Capture photography fest
B.C.’s art galleries and museums are among the few public spaces currently open under the latest provincial health guidelines. Here’s a roundup of five exhibitions currently showing or opening soon as part of the Capture Photography Festival.
FEAST FOR THE EYES
To May 30 at the Polygon Gallery (101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver)
This visual feast features photographs of food like you’ve never seen before. Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff, it includes the work of Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Nobuyoshi Araki, and more than 50 other lens-based artists. No wonder it’s one of the featured exhibitions at this year’s Capture festival.
April 15 to 29 at Kurbatoff Gallery (2435 Granville Street)
Photographic artist Gregory Geipel sees fixtures in Vancouver’s urban landscape that are often overlooked by the rest of us. As we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of a growing city, his images are a reminder that some things remain timeless.
April 22 to May 29 at Monte Clark Gallery (53 Dunlevy Avenue)
Artist Vilhelm Sundin’s work relies on sound, computer-generated graphics, and lens-based media to explore how photography intersects with cinema. Some of the images also convey the feeling of living in the midst of dizzying technological change.
THINGS MY DAD TAUGHT ME
To May 15 at Gallery Gachet (9 West Hastings Street)
This exhibition features 12 images created by photographer Jackie Dives in response to her father’s death from an accidental overdose. “Since his death, I have been visiting places that remind me of him,” she says on the Capture Photography Festival website. “I go to the housing co-op where I grew up, to the swimming pool we used to go, to his old apartments, and the last place I saw him alive. Along the way I stop to take photographs of things that resonate with me as I reflect on our relationship, my childhood, and the things he taught me.”
To May 29 at Centre A (268 Keefer Street, #205)
Hong Kong–born, Toronto-raised artist Will Kwan examines some bizarre and systemic ways in which beliefs and social relations are shaped by economic ideology. This includes works exploring how neoliberal rhetoric reinforces the racialization of low wages. Curated by Henry Heng Lu, it’s timely, given how the pandemic has exacerbated the divide between rich and poor.