Capture Photography Festival returns to Vancouver in April

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      The Capture Photography Festival is celebrating its 11th annual edition in Vancouver next month. Kicking off on April 1, the event is Western Canada's largest photography and arts festival, made up of a series of special exhibitions, public art installations, tours, panel talks, and more across Metro Vancouver and Whistler—all dedicated to the art of photography.

      The festival first took place in Vancouver in 2013.

      This year, Capture opens at the Pendulum Gallery on April 4 with “On Time”, an exhibit by Jeff Hamada exploring (and bucking) the idea that images can capture only singular moments.

      “Capture’s mission is to connect Vancouver to the world through lens-based art, and I’m thrilled to continue this work with the compelling photography presented in our 11th festival,” says Emmy Lee Wall, executive director and chief curator of the Capture Photography Festival, in a release. “Photography continues to prove itself an incredibly powerful means of communication and expression. Our projects exemplify lens-based art’s unique ability to amplify the voices of traditionally underrepresented communities by fostering meaningful dialogue among artists, curators, audiences, organizations, and institutions."

      Over the month, public art installations will be found throughout Vancouver, such as Karice Mitchell's Will to Adorn, which will be seen on billboards, and Los Angeles-based artist Arielle Bobb-Willis’ Furiously Happy, a multi-site project exploring unconventional representations of the human figure.

      Echoes of a Near Future by Anishinaabe French and Canadian contemporary artist Caroline Monnet puts the lens on Indigenous women such as documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, Québécois actress Dominique Pétin, and costume designer and chef Swaneige Bertrand (among others), celebrating them in powerful costumes.

      Those are just a few of the exhibits among panels, speaker series, and other events celebrating the art of photography at venues such as the Audain Art Museum, The Black Arts Centre, Contemporary Art Gallery, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The Polygon Gallery, and more.

      Capture Photography Festival 2024

      April 1 to 30

      Where: Various locations