For the 2018 Capture Photography Festival, Arts Umbrella was invited to create a public lens-based artwork at Olympic Village Canada Line Station. Curated by Artistic Director Roxanne Gagnon and instructor and photographer Alex Waber, Exquis Complete traversed digital photography and mixed media. Teen Arts Umbrella students came together to generate a new body of work inspired by a traditional surrealist drawing exercise—the Exquisite Corpse.
The project was presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival’s Canada Line Public Art Program, InTransit BC. In tandem with the public art work, Exquis Process was presented at the Remington Gallery in Capture’s Open Program, an exhibition that showed the process of making the installation at the Olympic Canada Line installation. Capture and Arts Umbrella co-organized several tours and opening events surrounding the public art work and exhibition. Both projects attest to Capture’s mandate to foster meaningful partnerships with art organizations, engage with youth, and support and promote the work of emerging artists. Capture has chosen to partner with Arts Umbrella because of the organization’s commitment to supporting youth and emerging practices through the visual arts and arts education. These values align with Capture’s mandate to support emerging lens-based artists by providing a platform for them to develop their practice and to present perspectives from diverse backgrounds, including youth.