Co-curated by Andrea Valentine-Lewis, Lucien Durey, and Jenn Jackson
Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Co-produced with Project Society
June 30 – August 6, 2022
Olga Abeleva & Shizen Jambor
Dennis Ha & Sylvain Sailly
Featuring new and recent works by nine artists, Around Us explores circuitous representations of self, moving beyond conventional self-portraiture in favour of abstracted, adjacent, or satirical portrayals. The exhibition encompasses multiple material approaches united through the medium of photography or through photographic processes. Informed by narratives of daily experience, intimate interactions, and relationships that accumulate and evolve over time, the artists trace overlapping encounters between places and people—the signs, symbols, and private languages that develop through periods of coexistence. Notions of self expand to involve not only the exhibiting artists, but their communities and the locations they frequent, including the gallery itself and surrounding neighbourhood. The works reference collaboration as a methodology, nurtured by a long-term commitment to knowing ourselves, one another and all that is around us.
Formerly known as the Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society, Project Society is a non-profit arts organization that supports contemporary artists at pivotal stages in their careers. Over the last thirty years, the society has focused on the medium of photography, producing a range of portfolio editions with artists. Coinciding with their name change in 2019, the society broadened the scope of their focus to include an expanded range of material forms and presentations. Over the duration of Around Us, a selection of CPPS portfolios will be viewable at BAF by appointment. More information here.