Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival

by Photo Life

© Sandra Chen Weinstein, Exposure 2020 International Open Call

Throughout the month of February, Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival will be celebrating photography by Albertan, Canadian and international photographers with exhibitions and events in galleries, museums, artist centres and other spaces all in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff and Cochrane. The three festival feature exhibitions—International Open Call, Emerging Photographers Showcase, and 2019 Emerging Photographer of the Year (Boon Ong’s Our Closets)—are being presented at the festival headquarters at Contemporary Calgary. The annual outdoor large-scale exhibition The Fence, created by United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, will be back along with The Western Regional, a portion featuring eight Western Canadian photographers.


International open call
Juried by Travis Cole, Executive Director at Paved Arts, the International Open Call exhibition features an international group of photographers and lens-based artists. The exhibition shows a broad range of works, including photojournalism and photocollage, abstract and politically engaged photography, and works engaging with social and individual experience, along with visual explorations of identity and personal narratives.

Exhibiting artists are Ala Buisir (Dublin, Ireland), Sandra Chen Weinstein (Lake Forest, CA, USA), Arianne Clément (Montreal, QC), Peter Greendale (Cochrane, AB), Philip Harris (Derby, UK), Lucky Keller (Derby, UK), Robert Lie (Kepri, Indonesia), Patrick McCloskey (Canmore, AB), Mark Murphy (Birmingham, UK), Graeme Oxby (Lincoln, UK), Angeline Simon (Lethbridge, AB), Sunny Strader (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Anne Tapler White (Calgary, AB), Emma Wilson (North Humberside, UK), and Denis Wong (Montreal, QC).

Emerging photographers showcase
Joanne Marion, Director/Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, the Emerging Photographers Showcase presents the work of fifteen Alberta photographers. The exhibition celebrates the rich talent of early-career practitioners who are based in the province.

Exhibiting artists are Wilmer Aburto, Jayden Daniels, Manikarnika Kanjilal, Liam Kavanagh-Bradette, Jake Kimble, Sasha Lavoie, Michelle Lazo, Nahanni McKay, Zachary Morris, J. Ashley Nixon, Lily Pavle, Andres Porras, Colleen Rauscher, Toni Reed, and Nicholas Taylor.

2019 Emerging Photographer of the Year: Boon Ong Our Closets
Boon Ong, the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Photographer of the Year award, presents his solo show Our Closets. Boon explored his personal coming out story through photography. Now he uses it to connect with others on their journeys out of their own closets. According to Ong, a closet is anything that holds us back from our full expression of self, whether sexuality, health, experiential stagnation or unfulfilling employment.

The FENCE is a large-scale travelling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham, Denver, and, as part of the Exposure Photography Festival, Calgary.

Presenting work by photographers of all levels across seven thematic categories: Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food, this upcoming exhibition will also feature a portion exclusive to Calgary: The Western Regional. This portion features 8 Western Canadian photographers.


Instagram Live Tour of Exposure Exhibitions
Thursday February 6, 12:30. Tune in to the Instagram Live feature on @exposurephotofestival to join the Curatorial Tour of The FENCE exhibition with Beth Kane, Exposure Coordinator. Free.

Boon Ong Artist Talk
Saturday February 8, 14:00. Learn more about Boon Ong’s exhibition, Our Closets, and hear about his photographic practice since winning the Exposure Emerging Photographers Showcase Photographer of the Year award in 2019. Free.

School tours of exposure exhibitions
Thursday February 13. Hear more about the exhibitions on show at Contemporary Calgary & The Little Gallery with child and student-friendly tours led by Exposure Coordinator Beth Kane and Exposure Board Member Celina Vides. Free – Advanced bookable slots between 10:00-19:00 are required, email Exposure Coordinator beth@exposurephotofest.com.

Exposure exhibitions tour
Saturday February 15, 15:00. Hear more about the exhibition on show with a tour led by Exposure Coordinator Beth Kane. Free.

Exposure exhibitions tour
Thursday February 20, 18:00. Hear more about the exhibition on show with a 18:00 tour led by some of the Exposure 2020 exhibiting photographers themselves. Free.

Exposure & The Camera Store: Portfolio Walk
Saturday February 22, 13:00-16:00. The festival’s first annual portfolio walk is the perfect opportunity to share work with fellow photographers and industry professionals in a casual setting. Free for event attendees. Free advanced registration required for photographers wishing to share their portfolios. Limited space is available. Registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis.
Check out the full festival program on their website!


© Graeme Oxby, Exposure 2020 International Open Call

© Peter Greendale, Exposure 2020 International Open Call

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