From April 1 and for the entire month, Photographers Without Borders will be exhibiting astounding work from two of our Vancouver-based photographers. Megan Wilson traveled to Dejavato, an non-profit organization based in Indonesia that promotes volunteer work, social support and education. Art Zaratsyan traveled to Kenya to capture the work of Elimu Impact Evaluation Centre, another groundbreaking organization that works to evaluate the varying practical techniques in reducing poverty.
Capture is a not-for-profit annual festival that was launched in 2013 with the purpose of displaying and encouraging new and emerging artists that produce work meant to open up streams of dialogue and connect community concerns and empathy. The festival aims to expand the rhetorical inquiry of what photography means to individuals and the world as art, categorically, professionally or from an amateur’s point of view. It showcases both international and local artists, presenting over 50 esteemed galleries throughout Vancouver, spanning from April 1 to April 28.
Vancouver is a city that is known in the contemporary art world as the birthplace of photoconceptualism in the 1980s. Photoconceptualism allowed young up and coming artists an opportunity to begin making their mark on the art as a whole by questioning what art was and what it had the potential to become. Capture longs to draw in new audiences by not only acknowledging the city's rich artistic history but also to inspire the voices of young presently hard working photographers.
Showcased on April 1 are works taken during Wilson's stay at Dejavato in Indonesia. The organization promotes the essential role that international volunteers play in contributing to the development of education and social renewal in the Indonesian region as well as over 50 other projects in other parts of world, focusing on community development.
The work of Zaratsyan took him to Kenya to assist at the Elimu Impact Evaluation Centre. There, he observed and contained the images of the people the organization was working directly with to help improve economic and health care strains in hopes of reducing poverty.
PWB photographs will be featured as installations to promote the festival on the outside of buses in Vancouver through the month of April. Share a picture with the #capturePWB on social media for a chance to win a copy of our magazine.
Not in Vancouver? Read more about our installation HERE