images that speak
jointly commissioned by capture and presentation house gallery in partnership with satellite gallery, this group exhibition features the most innovative approaches to photography today, with several works created especially for the occasion.
The exhibition showcases ten local and international contemporary artists, many showing in Vancouver for the first time, whose works call into question how photographic images speak to us. The artists employ various techniques to tear away and supplant the legibility of images, retooling mechanisms and pictorial conventions, all the while adding their own meanings in the process.
Not content to leave a picture alone, the artists seek to disrupt our reception of photographic images by pushing the boundaries of their visibility. At the heart of Images that Speak is a single slide and audio piece by celebrated British artist Steve McQueen, entitled 7th November (2002). The viewer sees a close up of a man’s shaved and scarred head, while a voice over from McQueen's cousin tells of a fatal accident that changed his life forever.
“The artists in this exhibition can be said to hold in common an expanded notion of the photographic, leading to experiments that mess with visual experience,” exhibition curator, Christopher Eamon, explains. “Responding in part to the ubiquity of digital images, some of the artists forfeit cameras altogether and take inspiration from early modernist photographers.”
Examples of this can be seen in artworks integrating drawing and painting, collage mash-ups and unorthodox treatments of photographic negatives. Together, the works in Images That Speak offer provocative insights into the limits of photography and its fundamental richness.
This exhibition is supported by a Special Projects grant from the British Columbia Arts Council.
The Capture Photography Festival is presented by TD Bank, and is sponsored by London Drugs and PWC, it is supported by the City of Vancouver and the BC Arts Council.
Presentation House Gallery is grateful to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver through the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission.
Satellite Gallery is made possible through the generous support of the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation.