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  1. Sylvia Grace Borda, Hunter Secondary School Complex, East Kilbride, from the EK Modernism series, 2005-06

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June 23-August 13, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, June 29, 6-9 pm

Co-curated by Gabrielle Moser and Lorna Brown, the exhibition features photographic works from the Belkin’s permanent collection, the private collection of John O’Brian and the research archive of Marcia Crosby. Focusing on practices of photography as simultaneously art and document, the exhibition is ordered around several themes: propositions for the use of public space, whether through buildings, artworks or social activities; the surveillance of the public and performances for the camera; and the way that photographic records create potential histories for Vancouver.

The photograph – as an encounter between the photographer and the photographed – offers a way to re-read the past as unfinished, in flux and not yet normative, and to imagine a future that might produce a different set of relations between social subjects.

A publication will accompany the exhibition with writing by Gabrielle Moser and Lorna Brown.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council, our Belkin Curator’s Forum members, the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation and our individual donors who financially support our acquisitions and donate artworks to the collection. We are grateful to John O’Brian and Marcia Crosby for their generous loan of works from their collections.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689