Double Exposure: Alberta Photography Festival Expands in 2022

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On February 10, Contemporary Calgary’s Grotto Gallery will present a “floor-to-ceiling” collection of black and white photos drawn from the ever-expanding and increasingly popular world of photo zines.

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This is part of Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival, which has partnered with Hamburger Eyes for the exhibition. The Los Angeles-based organization is an outlet for artists specializing in black and white photography. He curated and published hundreds of rambling photo zines. The zine format is nothing new, having been used to chronicle the underground rumbles of various subcultures for decades. But they have a certain into the increasingly digital world of photography: black-and-white printed works that showcase what the festival describes as “both the unseen and iconic moments of everyday life.”

“The photo zine is really interesting because it’s very different from the photo book,” says Bethany Kane, Exposure coordinator and co-curator of the exhibition with Ray Potes of Hamburger Eye. “It’s a bit like a disposable object. But in recent years, and currently, the photo zine has really taken off. With a photo book or an artist’s book, you have to work with an editor and tick some boxes. The photo zine takes that away and allows the artist making the zine freedom of expression. It’s a very raw take on how this artist would like his work to be seen.

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A photograph by Diana Cheren Nygren, part of the International Open Call 2022 exhibit at Exposure: Alberta's Photography Festival.
A photograph by Diana Cheren Nygren, part of the International Open Call 2022 exhibit at Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival. .jpg

Exposure X Hamburger Eyes & Photo Zine Reading Space will not only showcase a collection of 200 works from various zines, but will also encourage local photozine creators to deposit their work at Contemporary Calgary, creating a mini library of local publications for the galleries. visitors to browse in February.

This is a new initiative for the 18-year photography festival, which will run throughout February and will involve 240 visual artists performing at dozens of venues in Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Edmonton, Grimshaw , Lethbridge and Red Deer. The festival has nearly doubled in size since last year.

Exposure curated or co-curated seven of these exhibitions. This includes its annual international call, also at Contemporary Calgary, which will feature the work of photographers from Canada, Argentina, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Contemporary Calgary will also host both the Emerging Photographers Showcase, which will showcase the work of Alberta artists early in their practice, and an exhibition dedicated to Calgary’s Joel Matthew Warkentin, who was the 2021 Emerging Photographer of the Year. ‘Exposure.

A photograph by Andrew Jackson, part of the International Open Call 2022 exhibit at Exposure: Alberta's Photography Festival.
A photograph by Andrew Jackson, part of the International Open Call 2022 exhibit at Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival. Photo by Andrew Jackson /.jpg

High school students will be exhibiting for the Flash Forward Incubator Program exhibition at Contemporary Calgary and will feature works by those who have participated in youth programs at Calgary’s Westmount Charter School, the Esker Foundation’s Esker Youth Engagement and Eastglen High School in Edmonton.

For the second year, the festival will also present Exposure Billboard at various locations in Calgary. The exhibition will feature the work of 31 local and international artists on three billboards across the city.

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Twenty-five Indigenous photographers will be represented in Mino-Pimatisiwin: Reclaiming the “Good Life” at The Grand. The exhibition curated by Autumn Whiteway examines how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual come together to create balance and harmony in life.

Exposure also partnered with Yellowknife’s Far North Photo Festival for The Fence at Calgary’s Olympic Park, another outdoor exhibition showcasing the work of artists from the Northwest Territories.

A photograph by Fang Tong, part of the International Open Call 2022 exhibit at Exposure: Alberta's Photography Festival.
A photograph by Fang Tong, part of the International Open Call 2022 exhibit at Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival. .jpg

“They provide a platform for northern-based photographers and northern-based Indigenous photographers,” says Kane, who co-curated the exhibit with Far North’s Amanda Annad. “It was something that interested me a lot. I’m from the UK, so it’s culturally very different. It was something that appealed to me – the wildlife, the scenery, the way of life there is really fascinating. We basically brought together four photographers who really look at different themes related to life in the Northwest Territories.

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As in the past, the festival will encompass photography of all possible tones and subjects, from experimental explorations of identity and political issues to personal memoirs and nature studies.

The exhibition curated by Exposure is just the tip of the iceberg. Calgary alone will feature 32 exhibits under the Expo umbrella in galleries, libraries and cafes. The Esker Foundation will present exhibitions by artists Farah Al Qasimi, Michelle Bui and Veronika Pausova. cSpace will feature exhibits by Tom Willock and Bill Peters, Sam Doty, Charise Folnovic, Angela Boehm, and final year students in the photography program at the Alberta University of the Arts. In addition to the aforementioned exhibitions, Contemporary Calgary will also host Ordinary People (Like Me) by Calgary photographer Dona Schwartz and Rapt & Callus by Albertan Wes Bell.

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Trying to navigate everything the festival has to offer can be a bit overwhelming.

“I would start with Contemporary Calgary because that’s our festival headquarters,” says Kane. “There are a significant number of exhibitions there. There will be a map there that you can pick up. So take a look at that and figure out where you’re going to go. There are so many different entry points to the festival, from online events to exhibitions in art spaces, galleries, commercial galleries, museums, non-art spaces and outdoors. There are so many ways to participate and engage with her.

Exhibition: The Alberta Photography Festival runs throughout the month of February. Visit Exposurefestival.com for more details.

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