CURRENT: Photography as Pause

April 10, 2024

The exhibition CURRENT: Photography as Pause marks the launch of the new partnership between Gallery 881 and Emily Carr University, facilitated by the Shumka Centre. This inaugural showcase features seven emerging photographic artists from ECU’s BFA and MFA programs: Laura Ayres, Claudia Goulet-Blais, Julia Kerrigan, Charlie Mahoney-Volk, Paniz Mani, Maria Michopulu, and Parumveer Walia. CURRENT: Photography as Pause is organized by ECU faculty member Birthe Piontek, and curated by Karen Zalamea, Vancouver artist and educator, and John Goldsmith, director of Gallery 881.

All Welcome!

CURRENT: Photography as Pause
April 18 – May 11, 2024
Tuesday – Friday | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday | 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Gallery 881
881 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Opening Reception
April 20, 2024
12:00 – 5:00 pm


About CURRENT: Photography as Pause

Within the constant flow of images, CURRENT: Photography as Pause is an invitation to consider photography as a means of being present. Whether investigating the photographic image as an object by expanding its meaning and surface through material interventions, questioning the authority of photographic representations by using the camera to reveal gender and identity stereotypes or utilizing the photographic studio as a site to unpack and visualize the anxieties and traumas surrounding immigration, the artists ask the viewer to pause so we can once more discover photography’s potential to slow down time for us.

We are taken out of the stream of endless scrolls and are faced with our assumptions–often created in the complex digitized world where the photographic medium has become our primary communication tool but frequently takes us out of the present moment.