Capture Festival Showcase

Stranger Than Fiction

Capture x Emily Carr presents Stranger Than Fiction, an exhibition co-curated by Emmy Lee Wall and Birthe Piontek that features work of 17 emerging Emily Carr University artists, as part of the 2022 Capture Photography Festival.

Apr 6 – Apr 30, 2022


Events - Free and Open to All

  • Opening | April 6, 5:00 - 7:30 PM
    Emily Carr University of Art + Design
    Michael O’Brian Exhibition Commons Gallery, 1st Floor
    *subject to vaccination checks
  • Artist Talk (via Zoom) | April 20, 2022, 6 -7PM
    More information on Capture Photography Festival Website


About Stranger than Fiction

What can a photograph reveal? This investigation lies at the heart of the work of 17 emerging, lens-based practitioners who comprise this exhibition. While photography has a long and fraught relationship with the truth, these artists use their works to probe what it is possible to know and delineate through photography, accepting as a given that truth is subjective, malleable, and time-specific.

Some works are process-based, exploring what is possible for the medium to represent. Here the light-sensitive surface becomes a site of experimentation and the darkroom a playground to test the medium’s boundaries. These works investigate photography’s relationship to truth – the truth that comes in a recording of an artistic process, or a representation of a moment in time. Through methods of abstraction, these process-based works evoke the idea of illusion as they move away from the representational. They leave us wondering what we see in these images while simultaneously being faithful depictions of light, colour, and surface.

Others investigate identity and representation, questioning the ability to offer an honest or accurate representation of one’s self or one’s subject through photography – where does a performance for the camera begin and end? How can one use the camera to capture the reality of a relationship, which by its very nature is in-between, intangible and ever-changing? In many images, objects become laden with meaning, evoking an emotive or social truth beyond the thing itself. Others in the group consider space – both domestic and interior and that of the street – to explore the way in which their practices can depict change in familial relationships and urban landscapes. Through these explorations, these artists celebrate the complicated relationship between photography and truth, attempting to convey a veracity far deeper than that which is immediately visible.