By Bobinec, Greg on March 3, 2020.
The Gallery at Casa has opened up several new exhibitions that all utilize the medium of photography, running throughout the spring.
In the Main Gallery, Angeline Simon explores the intersections of identity and place while navigating through family histories and personal archives. A recent graduate of the University of Lethbridge, Simon’s exhibition “With Warmest Regards, Always” is introspective, contemplative and thoughtful.
“On the back of a 50-year old photograph, my mother gazes at the camera with the faintest smile, and says ‘with warmest regards, always’ to her parents living in Kuching, Malaysia,” says Simon. “This exhibition began with close to 100 photographs collected and passed down from my mother, aunts and uncles as they exchanged photos of each other over a 30-year period. These photos of my relatives in evolving stages of their lives brings comfort to the reality that a great distance has always separated us. These photographs contain valued moments of my mother and her family in their formative years.”
Also in the Main Gallery, Wes Bell is presenting his exhibition “On The Line,” where his photos act as a poetic memento, asking the observer to reflect on impermanence and change, using images of barbed wire to eroding signs. Following his successful career as a fashion photographer based in New York, London and Milan, Bell has recently returned to his home in Medicine Hat.
“The photographs are deeply rooted in loss, impermanence and mortality in both time and space; both the tangible and the intangible,” says Bell. “‘On The Line’ reminds us of the opportunity to unearth unresolved repressed feelings and emotions such as fear, anxiety and grief through opening our eyes and minds to the discovery of those common and overlooked objects that surround us in our daily habitual lives.”
Lethbridge artist Lexi Pendzich is presenting a series of photographs in the Passage Gallery called “No Format,” which explores the documentary impulse as a candid and unencumbered gesture.
On the second floor of the Concourse Gallery, members of the Lethbridge Photography Club responded to the theme of the four elements in their unique, distinct and idiosyncratic styles.
Thorsten Nesch is also presenting a multi-sensory documentary installation titled “Paris, Calgary.” Combining photography with other media, Nesch is interested in understanding the experiences that constitute the lived experience of an urban core.
All of the photography based galleries will be running at Casa until April 10.
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