Uncertain Ground: Pinhole photographs by Terra Poirier





Terra Poirier works with low-fidelity photography to explore memory, place, and the disruption of both. Having spent much of her life on the move outside and within Vancouver, she is interested in how location functions as an anchor for memory, particularly in so far as both are unstable, a trait further shared by photography as a medium. Such instability is useful in considering sites of longing, confusion or grief. Pinhole photography is particularly suited to these concerns—longer exposure time allows the picture to rewrite itself, constantly shifting to create a porous, uncertain representation. Memory, too, is an analog form—we rewrite each time we recall, creating new stories—new versions of ourselves, where we’ve been, and what happened there.

Curated by Yuri Arajas. Exhibiting alongside Gregg Steffensen.

Opening party: Wednesday April 4, 6-8pm
Snacks and cash bar

The Cultch Gallery, 1895 Venables St.
Exhibition: Apr 4-28, 2018
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday: 12-4pm
Also open 1 hour prior to performances, check times at: https://thecultch.com/

The Cultch is completely wheelchair accessible.

The Cultch is on unceded Coast Salish territory, including the lands belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Terra Poirier is a Vancouver artist working with photography, text, book media and installation to represent memories comprised of fiction and nonfiction, nightmares, dreams and wishful thinking. She is interested in how distortions can contribute to identity and rewrite history — both personal and collective. Her pinhole photographs were recently shortlisted for the 2018 Capture Photography Festival Canada Line Competition, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Phillip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize and exhibited her pinhole work at Presentation House Gallery as part of the 2017 Capture Photography Festival. In her past life as a filmmaker, her work screened at festivals around the world, and she has taught video production at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School, the Access to Media Education Society, and through the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

You can view some of her work at http://terrapoirier.ca/ and http://instagram.com/t.pois.