10 Capture Photography Festival exhibitions to view in person at Metro Vancouver galleries

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      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 10 exhibitions currently showing as part of the Capture Photography Festival. (All descriptions are taken from the festival website.)

      Feast For the Eyes, to May 30 at the Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver

      Sandy Skogland, Peas on a Plate, 1978 © Sandy Skogland

      "Presented at The Polygon GalleryFeast for the Eyes is a featured exhibition for the 2021 Festival exploring the rich history of food as one of photography’s most prevalent and enduring subjects. In an age where sharing images of food has emerged as a unique facet of contemporary culture, this exhibition offers a look at the timeless ways in which things we eat shape us and our perceptions of the world."


      Still Vancouver, to April 30 at Kurbatoff Gallery, 2435 Granville St.

      Gregory Geipel, Centre Motor Hotel, 2020, archival inkjet print, 152.4 x 60.96 cm

      "For over a decade, Gregory Geipel has walked the streets of Vancouver, carefully documenting the unique, yet often overlooked fixtures that have remained amidst the city’s rapid urbanization. His photographs are shot with meticulous, if not deadpan, composition and attention to moments of symmetry that are often difficult to find. A follow up to Geipel’s On The Corner series, Still Vancouver captures the quiet resilience of a city that refuses to disappear in an increasingly planned cityscape."


      Soon, to May 29 at Monte Clark Gallery, 53 Dunlevy Ave.

      Vilhelm Sundin, Woman in the Fog, 2018, hybrid analogue and digital photography

      "Vilhelm Sundin’s exhibition explores the intersection between photography and cinema, and their places in the contemporary visual domain. His new body of work examines contradictions of looking outwards (observing public space), and inwards (memories and imagination), both of which are relevant in a time of confined experiences. In this show, street photography is met with purely simulated lens-based works, setting an ambiguous tone towards documentation and imagination."


      Things My Dad Taught Me, to May 15 at Gallery Gachet, 9 West Hastings St.

      Jackie Dives, Broken Tree, 2019, chromogenic print, 45.72 x 60.96 cm

      "Things My Dad Taught Me is a series of twelve images created to address the complexity of grieving a parent who has died from a stigmatizing death. In 2017, my dad died from an accidental drug overdose. Since his death, I have been visiting places that remind me of him. 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. Walking through the neighbourhoods I grew up in, I find myself compelled to capture things that look overgrown, neglected, and forgotten. But I see freedom in these things, reminding me of the lack of inhibition that my dad embodied throughout his life." --artist Jackie Dives


      New Work, to May 15 at Equinox Gallery

      Adad Hannah, Untitled, 2021, archival pigment print, 60.96 x 91.44 cm

      "[Adad] Hannah’s practice brings together performance, portraiture, optical illusion, and still life, finding inventive ways to highlight both stillness and movement simultaneously through photography. For this exhibition, Hannah will present a new series of photographic and video works which will connect early art-making theories and practices with contemporary and collaborative techniques."


      Unfixed, to June 5 at Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, 2121 Lonsdale, North Vancouver

      Laurie Kang, Guts, 2019, photogram, 33.86 x 22.56 cm

      "Unfixed explores how the fluidity and tension between the concepts of fixed and unfixed operate as metaphorical and artistic strategies in the work of two Canadian artists: Chris Curreri and Laurie Kang. Through photography, installation, and sculpture, these artists suggest a network of connectivity between traditional understandings around photography, art history, and intimate personal narratives."


      Momento Mori, to April 30 at On Main Gallery, 268 Keefer St., #427

      SD Holman, Kitchen Sink, 2020, transparency backlit lightbox, 60.96 x 91.44 cm

      "SD Holman has of late been turning their lens to portraits of absence. This exhibition is curated from a series documenting the home of trailblazing artist Geoff McMurchy’s home. At the estate’s request, Holman spent four days in McMurchy’s apartment after his untimely death, sleeping in his bed, photographing his meticulously curated assemblages of everyday objects."


      Exclusion Acts, to May 29 at Centre A, 268 Keefer St., #205

      Will Kwan, There are more important things than living, 2020, digital study for sculpture

      "This solo exhibition by Will Kwan brings together a number of new photo, text, and media-based works that take an unflinching look at the systemic and absurd ways that economic ideology shapes social relations and beliefs."


      Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections, to May 1 at Griffin Art Projects, 1174 Welch St., North Vancouver

      Marik Boudreau, Rue de Lagauchetière (1976), inkjet print, 67.73 x 45.13 cm

      "Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections, brings together an art history of Chinatowns and their communities by historical and contemporary Canadian artists such as Emily Carr, Unity Bainbridge, Yucho Chow, Fred Herzog, Paul Wong, Mary Sui Yee Wong, Morris Lum, and aiya哎呀, among others."


      Lindsay McIntyre is Inviting You to a Scheduled Zoom Meeting, to April 20 at Marion Scott Gallery, 2423 Granville St.

      Lindsay McIntyre, Haunting Her, 2020, inkjet print, 28.57 x 15.71 cm

      "While our Zoom heads sit crudely in our low-resolution frames with fake backgrounds and we jerk and start in time with our unforgiving internet connections, Lindsay McIntyre invites us to look at our engagement with this connective tool in a body of new work."

      In this week's Georgia Straight Talks video, editor Charlie Smith offers a preview of the Capture Photography Festival.