Exposure Photography Festival

February 1, 2021

February 28, 2021


Various Venues, Alberta


Events Description


Exposure is an annual festival that celebrates photography, hosting thoughtfully curated exhibitions that showcase internationally renowned practitioners alongside emerging and established talent from Alberta.

Exposure’s curated exhibitions, the International Open Call and Emerging Photographers Showcase, will be hosted at Contemporary Calgary, a significant visual arts destination dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions present a broad range of works, including photojournalism and photocollage, abstract and politically engaged photography, and works that embrace social and individual experience, as well as visual explorations of identity and personal narratives.

The Exposure 2021 International Open Call exhibition will feature the work of photographers and visual artists based around the world who incorporate, celebrate or challenge the photographic medium within their practices. Selected by MaryAnn Camilleri, Director of The Magenta Foundation, the exhibition will present the works of contemporary photographers based in Canada, USA, UK, Italy, South Korea, Netherlands, Germany and Argentina.

The Exposure 2021 Emerging Photographers Showcase celebrates the rich talent of early-career practitioners who are based in the province. Exposure’s 2020 Emerging Photographers of the Year award recipient Colleen Rauscher will be presenting her first-ever solo show.

New for 2021, Exposure will bring an exciting city-wide public exhibition to its audiences in Calgary! In partnership with Pattison Outdoors, Exposure Billboard will show the work of 31 international and local artists and photographers via digital billboards located throughout the city. Photographs will be hosted in six different locations for a three-week duration. Exposure continues to provide innovative ways for Calgarians to engage with the arts.

During the Exposure Photography Festival, Calgary will see the return of The Photoville FENCE exhibition. This extensive 800ft long public exhibition will highlight more than 90 international visual artists that have been selected by a jury of 70 industry professionals, spotlighting a wide range of photographic and lens-based stories. Calgary’s Olympic Plaza will be the only location outside of the USA that will host this incredible exhibition, thanks to Exposure’s partnership with Photoville, based in Brooklyn, New York and Calgary’s Chinook Blast Festival with support from the City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Calgary Tourism.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Exposure Photography Festival has brought the Flash Forward Incubator Program to schools in Calgary and Edmonton, in partnership with The Magenta Foundation based in Toronto. The program has been designed to support critical and creative thinking, to help students develop their work to show in a professional online exhibition during Exposure 2021.

Exposure’s 2021 online programme includes exhibitions by The Museum of Youth Culture, which represent the world’s most comprehensive collection of youth culture content, and Hundred Heroines, the only UK charity dedicated to advancing public awareness of women in photography. Both organisations have delved into their photographic archives to carefully curate incredible online exhibitions for Exposure audience members to explore.

Exposure 2021 participating exhibitors promise an exciting and diverse programme of group and solo exhibitions and diverse curatorial themes that audiences can engage with online, in Calgary, Banff, Cochrane, Edmonton and Lethbridge. The Exposure 2021 exhibition programme will display a wide range of narratives, subjects, practices and explorations of the photographic medium.

Online exhibitions: CLICK CLUB Curation & Conversations, SEITIES STUDIO; Embodiment, Alberta University of the Arts Student Association; The Timelapse, Letizia Lopreiato and It Takes Time, Peter Coombes.

Calgary exhibitions: Inside The Fall of Chop, Arts Commons; The Artists Lens: Street Photography and Feeling West, Jack Blair, Alberta Society of Artists; Illuminations and Engulfment, Rocio Graham, Christine Klassen Gallery; Fire And Masks, cSPACE; Losing My Head, Leigh Reed, cSPACE; Artist’s Block cSPACE; Habituate, Acclimate, Nahanni Mckay & Liam Kavanagh-Bradette presented by Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program, cSPACE; Thick Skull, Thin Skin, Chris Curreri, Esker Foundation; Long Days In The Desert, Richard Collens, Framed on Fifth; The Audible Language Of Flowers, T.M. Glass, Masters Gallery; Landscapes Of Namibia And Canadian
Rockies, Bernard Spaini, Phil and Sebastian in Mission and Illumination, Francis A. Willey, The Collectors’ Gallery of Art.

Banff exhibitions: Or Was That A Dream?, Imogene Broberg-Hull, Sideshow Gallery; Julya Hajnoczky and Snapshots, Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies.

Cochrane exhibitions: Yoga Haiku, Brenda Kelly, The Corner Coworking and Nature In My Backyard, Jo-Anne Oucharek, The Gentry Espresso & Wine Bar.

Edmonton exhibition: Infocus Photo Exhibit & Awards 2021: Brave New World, Wild Skies Art Gallery located at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel.

Lethbridge exhibition: A Phantom Speaks, Angeline Simon, Southern Alberta Art Gallery.


Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets : Free
How to get tickets?

Buy Online


Date & Time:

February 1 to 28, 2021

Venue & Address :

Various Venues, Alberta

and Online

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