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ARTS FRIDA KAHLO: HER PHOTOS portrait of an artist in photography BY B. SIMM EXPOSURE PHOTO FEST Olivier Du Tré —Seeking Stillness Now in its 14th year, Exposure is a rare, ambitious photography festival that takes place at over 40 different locations across Alberta and hosts more than 60 events (most are free) that includebook launches, photography workshops, film screenings, panel discussions and numerous opening receptions. Dona Schwartz, President and Board Chair for Exposure, reveals a bit of the festival’s inner workings, but primarly encourages you to go and indulge on the vast array of fantastic photograhpy. HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK? To participate in the festival, museums, galleries, groups with exhibition spaces, and photographers organize exhibitions and list them with us. The Exposure Photography Festival is an inclusive, community supported event. We have also launched our own exhibitions. Continuing from last year’s festival we are hosting an international Open Call exhibition. Submissions for this exhibition have come from around the world. Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator of Photographs Frida stomach down — Nickolas Muray, 1946 ©Frida Kahlo Museum at the National Gallery of Canada, juried those submissions to put F together a fantastic exhibition of contemporary photography. Our rida Kahlo, the revered Mexican painter known for her stunning you how she presented herself to the world. Her father did a lot Emerging Photographers Showcase presents the best work by photographers living in Alberta. It is a surprising and delightful exhibition. self-portraits and visual art blending fantasy and surrealism, also of self-portraits, and you get a sense that from an early age that had a significant relationship with photography. During her lifetime she was exposed to this idea of self-portraiture: Why would you Selections were made by the Exposure Board of Directors, all of whom more than 6,000 images were taken of the artist, mostly by her do that and what are you communicating to people through that are professionally engaged with photography. father, Guillermo, a professional photographer, in addition to friends self-portrait? It’s not simply smiling for the camera. From the photos of hers at different points in her life, as well as some by Kahlo herself. you really get a sense there’s this image she wanted to project. And Is there a differece in the festival’s approach from previous Archived in her famous Blue House (now a museum) until 2007, then as a painter she did over 50 self-portraits, and those are her some of the photographs come from formal sittings while others most recognizable works.” years? are more candid snapshots. However, considering the time frame Stricken by polio at the age of six, which left her with one leg We are reaching out to a broader audience than ever before. The festival is well known within the photography community but we aim to ¬– early to mid 1900s ¬– photography was far more involved and thinner than the other, there was also the possibility that she suffered from spina bifida. Then in her late teens she was in a near-fatal shine a spotlight on photography by bringing our exhibitions, events expensive than now with its equipment and darkroom requirements, so that anyone pursuing it usually had a serious interest. bus accident that fractured her pelvis, ribs, legs and collarbone and activities to the public. We are all photographers—how many of Frida Kahlo: Her Photos is a international exhibition making its leaving her bedridden for over a year. During the isolation Kahlo us use our smart phones to photograph a funny pet or a great meal way to Glenbow Museum starting February 3 running until the started to explore questions of identity and existence leading her and post it on social media? In so many ways, photography is a part third week in March with a total of 240 photos on display. Melanie “to begin again, painting things just as I saw them with my own of our daily lives and Exposure aims to raise awareness of the medium Kjorlien, VP of Collection and Exhibitions at the Glenbow, provides eyes, nothing more.” and interrogate its role. Most of all we aim to surprise and delight. an overview. Kjorlien feels that some of the most compelling photos of Kahlo “It covers all periods of her life –there’s periods of her as a child, a are from a section of the exhibition that the curator refers as to as Are they any special events would you highlight? young woman, through adulthood. It’s a really good cross-section of “her broken body.” The Fence is an amazing outdoor juried photography exhibition the different phases in her life and the different people from those “There’s a grouping of images that show her recuperating from making its international debut here in Calgary. It will be installed phases as well as certain things that influenced her which gives us different surgeries in hospital beds, where she’s clearly not well but on fencing starting at the Peace Bridge in Eau Claire Park, heading some insight as to who she was.” playful and painting. You just get a sense of the impact all those east towards our festival hub at Eau Claire Market. it’s unique, it’s It’s evident that photography was a considerable factor in Kahlo’s surgeries had on her, and how it really affected her life in so many outstanding, and you won’t want to miss it. This year’s festival will be artistic development as a painter. Early on and through out her life different ways. Those images I find really quite poignant.” extraordinary. Come to the festival hub at Eau Claire Market and help she was the subject of her father’s work which also affected how she us celebrate the festival launch on Saturday, February 3. came to view herself and her environment. Frida Kahlo: Her Photos runs from Saturday, Feb. 3 to Wednesday, “Although the photos don’t reveal that she was inspired to be March 21. A complete schedule and detailed information about photographers, a professional photographer herself,” says Kjorlien, “it does inform venues and events is at www.exposurephotofestival.com 8 | FEBRUARY 2018 • BEATROUTE ARTS
ROMEO and JULIET BANFF CENTRE for ARTS and CREATVITY Ballet BC is thrilled to have this iconic story expertly crafted by French choreographer Medhi Walerski, one of the most original contemporary voices in international dance today. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, this full-length commission showcases Walerski’s signature style that brings together dazzling landscapes woven with poetic, unpredictable, and complex imagery. A collaboration between Dutch set and lighting designer Theun Mosk, an international team of collaborators, and the Arts Umbrella Graduate Dance Program, Ballet BC’s Romeo and Juliet will be a fresh and thought-provoking retelling of this timeless classic. Saturday, Feb. 10 THE OLD TROUTS JABBERWOCKY In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, Alice comes across a poem which makes no sense – or rather, as Alice puts it: “Somhow it seems to fill my head with ideas—only I don’t exactly know what they are! However, somebody killed something:that’s clear, at any rate.” The poem, called Jabberwocky, is one of the most renowned and beloved examples of total nonsense in the English language. In their newest production, the Trouts use the poem as a launching point for a wildly surreal investigation into the nature of monsters and their slayers, the stories that structure our lives, and the cosmic nonsense that forms the foundation of it all. ARTS The Trouts are busily inventing a new style of puppetry for the show, inspired by paper ‘toy theatres’ popular in Lewis Carroll’s time, fused with the contemporary language of film. Using intricately layered two dimensional puppets and sets, the effect is like an animated movie or an illustrated pop-up book created live before your eyes on stage. The show was commissioned by Le Festival Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon, France, and is slated to premiere in early 2017, making a few stops in North America before heading to Spain, France, and Edinburgh for the summer. Jabberwocky runs from Wednesday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the DJD Studio. WHAT SHAKES YYSCENE’s quick scan go-to-guide for February Right! February! Let’s do this, you typically dull, cold, month we endure waiting patiently for spring! Whatcha got? Oh, quite a lot as it turns out. Here’s a run-down” Kicking off the month that I personally love (not for Valentine’s Day, people— that’s a load of crap) is Milky Chance’s Blossom Tour with Lewis Capaldi at MacEwan Hall on Feb. 1. The Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival takes place Feb. 1-3, and you should really check it out. Portugal the Man with Hollerado play MacEwan Hall on Feb. 6, The Punk Version –Theatre Junction Feb. 22-25 and then learn a little something about one of Hollywood’s most fascinating actors at Doc Soup — Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story over at Cineplex Eau Claire Feb. 7. On Feb. 8 you can check out Romes at The Gateway, and then for some comedy head to the Grey Eagle on Feb. 9 for Chris D’Elia. EDM more your thing? Paul Oakenfold with Dom G and Guest Who will be doing their thing at The Palace, also on Feb. 9. But Feb. 10! Yes you’ll want to be at the Jack Singer for A Symphonic Tribute to Prince! Seriously. Purple Rain with orchestra (single tear down my face. Snap out of it!). Feb. 13 you can see Enter Shikari with Milk Teeth at the Commonwealth (ShiKARI. Love these guys) and then From Feb. 15-18 you’ll be inundated with great music in Inglewood during the Folk Festival’s annual Block Heater festival — Justin Townes Earle, Windigo, Raleigh, Leeroy Stagger, Yolanda Sargeant, Dan Bern, Astral Swans ... so much to see. Or, take in some great local theatre artists Feb. 15 with Intimately Awe — the second instalment of To The Awe. Why not? Need some metal in your life? Distortion’s the place to get it, and on Feb. 16 they will have Cabrakaan playing for your musical enjoyment. Also on Feb 16 you should try to catch Flowshine’s Record Release at Mikey’s on 12th. Local dudes! Feb. 17 at MacEwan Hall you can catch Black Label Society with Corrosion of Conformity and Eyehategod. (Hah. Clever.) From Feb. 21-March 4 you should make a point of seeing The Old Trouts Puppet Workshop’s production of Jabberwocky at the DJD Centre — PUPPETS! Then over at Theatre Junction from Feb. 22-25 is My Fair Lady — The Punk Version by Productive Obsession. Looks good, but so does Dashboard Confessional’s We Fight Tour 2018 with guests at Mac Hall. Go forth. See stuff. Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE and her event listings page, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. BEATROUTE • FEBRUARY 2018 | 9