Capture 2021: “al’taqiaq: it spirals” by Jordan Bennett

The 2021 Capture Photography Festival starts today! Lens-based art installations have been unveiled all over Vancouver and an array of galleries, big and small, have related exhibitions that can be viewed by appointment. One upside to the current COVID-19 restrictions is that there are many online events that can be enjoyed from home, and anyone living outside of Vancouver can be just as much a part of the festival.

Every year Capture commissions artists to create new site-specific works to be installed on the Dal Grauer Substation building and this year the featured artwork by is Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett.

Jordan Bennett, al’taqiaq: it spirals, 2020, Courtesy of the Artist, Installation photo: Jocelyne Junker, Capture

The inspiration for al’taqiaq: it spirals came from a photo of a Mi’kmaq porcupine quill basket made by ancestor Mi’kmaw artists. Bennett referenced the patterning, colours and the history of the basket with this image of a painted moose skull, which was harvested in Bennett’s home community and photographed on Mi’kma’ki land.

The artwork connects Bennett’s family history, generations of ancestors, to animals, to land, and it’s ultimately a reclaiming of place. It’s quite powerful to see this image installed at such a large scale on a public building given all that it represents.

Artist editions of this artwork can be purchased through Capture’s webstore.

Jordan Bennett, al’taqiaq: it spirals, 2020, Courtesy of the Artist

The Dal Grauer public art installation was curated by Kate Henderson and made possible by the partnership of BC Hydro and sponsorship by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

Check out the Capture website to see a list of all the exhibitions and events and installation locations (there are A LOT). They will be posting updates on their Instagram as well, @capturephotofest.


Jordan Bennett’s Website

Jordan Bennett on Instagram

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