Kerri Flannigan, Emily Geen, Curtis Grahauer, Polina Lasenko, Brandon Poole, Anna Shkuratoff, Vilhelm Sundin, and Lauren Tsuyuki
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Vancouver
This year’s Capture Photography Festival launches with the opening reception of the inaugural Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize and exhibition. The prize has been established to support emerging artists working with photography, film, and video. Each year, post-secondary visual arts instructors are invited to nominate a student enrolled in a BFA or MFA program. Shortlisted students have their work exhibited as part of The Lind Prize exhibition. A winner will be selected and announced during the opening celebration, on April 1, and awarded $5,000 toward the production of a new work to be included in an exhibition at the future Polygon Gallery in 2017.
The Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is made possible with generous support from Rogers Communications. Rogers made a significant donation to Presentation House Gallery to honour Phil Lind’s 45 years of service and contribution to the company and the communications industry, and to celebrate his passion for the Vancouver art scene at the time of his retirement last year.
The 2016 jury includes Stephen Waddell (artist and Emily Carr University of Art + Design faculty member), Helga Pakasaar (Curator, Presentation House Gallery) and Reid Shier (Director/Curator, Presentation House Gallery). The shortlisted emerging artists for the inaugural prize are:
Anna Shkuratoff was born in North Vancouver but now lives in Victoria, where she is in the final year of a double major in Visual Art and History of Art at the University of Victoria. Shkuratoff blends video art and new media in large and small-scale installations.
Brandon Poole studied photojournalism at Western Academy of Photography and philosophy at Thompson Rivers University and is currently working towards his BFA at the University of Victoria. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines sculpture, installation, photography, and video.
Curtis Grahauer lives in Vancouver, where he recently completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University. His work focuses on the way landscape is shaped by the intertwining forces of human activity. Grahauer's photography, 16mm films, and installations build a discourse between concepts of what is natural and what is naturalized.
Emily Geen has a BFA from UBC Okanagan, and recently graduated with an MFA from the University of Victoria. Geen works with pictures and materials to investigate the perceptual conditions of looking as mediated by recorded images. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across BC and Alberta, as well as in Toronto and Ajijic, Mexico.
Kerri Flannigan is an MFA candidate at the University of Victoria, with a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal. She uses drawing, projection, and performance as approaches to experimental narrative and documentary. Her most recent work examines family mythologies, coming-of-age confessions, the limits of language and the historical legacies of “normalcy.” Flannigan is currently creating a performance to be presented at Intrepid Theatre, in Victoria.
Lauren Tsuyuki is a fourth-year Visual Arts student at Simon Fraser University. In her most recent work, she exploits the transformative nature of the simple fold to break up the narrative in pre-existing and appropriated photos and make new images from them.
Polina Lasenko is currently finishing her BFA in photography, with a minor in curatorial studies, at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Born in Russia but now based in Vancouver, Lasenko employs analog and digital photographic processes as well as new media to engage, in a self-aware and humorous way, ideas around knowledge, mediation, and imagery.
Vilhelm Sundin moved to Vancouver from Sweden in 2006 to attend Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where he received his Bachelor of Media Arts. He is currently pursuing an MFA degree at Simon Fraser University. An interdisciplinary artist, Sundin's films and videos explore what it means to be human in an increasingly complex world.