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Capture 2021: Emerging Artist Talk with Yumna Al-Arashi, Aaron Jones, and Zinnia Naqvi

The 2021 Capture Photography Festival is underway in Vancouver, so if you live here (or anywhere close) you should definitely check out the festival calendar to see all the different shows opening in galleries across the city this month. If you don’t live close, we’ve got you covered, here’s a free virtual event you can attend!

April 18th, 1pm PST — Join Capture for artist talks by three emerging artists participating in Capture’s 2021 Public Art Program and Catalogue. You can register for the Zoom webinar here.

The talk will begin with Yumna Al-Arashi discussing her short films, presented on the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen. Al-Arashi will discuss her films The 99 Names of God (2018) which dives into positive representations of Islamic practice and Montañas (2019) which documents the climbing Cholitas of Bolivia scaling the Andes mountains.

Next, Aaron Jones will discuss his collages commissioned for Capture’s 2021 Festival Catalogue, for which Jones mines magazines like Essence and O as well as educational texts such as encyclopedias and books on space, nature, and wildlife. He recombines these found images to create surreal, amorphous forms that defy categorization.

The talk will conclude with artist Zinnia Naqvi discussing her Yours to Discover series installed at Broadway-City Hall Canada Line Station. Naqvi’s practice investigates the notion of authenticity and identity in the context of colonialism, and this ongoing series begun in 2019 repurposes found photographs of the artist’s family visiting Canadian tourist sites prior to immigrating to Ontario.

Presented in partnership with the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Canadian Art. Supported by the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia.

Yumna Al-Arashi, still from The 99 Names Of God, 2018, 16mm film, 4:19 min. Courtesy of the Artist.
Aaron Jones, Wardrobe, magazine clippings, 2020, 13.97 x 24.13 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.
Zinnia Naqvi, A Border Passage, 2019, inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist.  

Yumna Al-Arashi Yumna Al-Arashi is a Yemeni-Egyptian-American artist currently based in Zürich. She studied Social Inquiry at The New School in New York City, as well as Zuürich University of the Arts and her on-going work has received support from Tribeca Film Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The US Department of State Office of Art in Embassies, The Magnum Foundation, Photoville, The International Center for Photography, National Geographic, NOWNESS, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).

Aaron Jones is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Toronto, Canada. Often using found images, videos and lens-based media, he works with different forms of collage to build characters and spaces that challenge preconceived notions of images. His work is on view at Howard495 as part of Capture 2021. Recent exhibitions include Three Thirty at Doris McCarthy Gallery (2020), From the Ground Up at NIA Centre for the Arts (2019), and Ragga NYC at Mercer Union (2018). He graduated with a BA from OCADU in 2018 and is a member of the BAU Collective. His work is included in the collections of Ryerson Image Centre, and Wedge Curatorial Projects.

Zinnia Naqvi is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal and Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work examines issues of colonialism, cultural translation, language, and gender through the use of photography, video, writing, and archival material. Naqvi’s work has been shown across Canada and internationally. She received an honourable mention at the 2017 Karachi Biennale in Pakistan, and is a recipient of the 2019 New Generation Photography Award organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. She is member of EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group, an intergenerational feminist collective. Naqvi earned a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University.

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