Power Structures: Women In the Way


April 4-28, 2019

“VanGalleries Presents” at the Beaumont: 2109 Alberta Street @ West 5th Ave, Vancouver

Constance Barnes:
Community Leader and Politician
© Sally Buck

How is power made visible? How is it conveyed by artists current and historical? When do we see power embodied, enacted, and exchanged? Sally Buck and Kent Lins explore these questions in their exhibition Power Structures.

In “Women in the Way,” Sally Buck shares her lifelong interest in creating images of activists, and the reasons she’s developed an exhibition featuring women ages 50 to 86. She photographed women who resist, teach, witness, and create change in fields of land and water rights, art, immigration, housing, storytelling, and sustainability. Buck then introduces photo collage, hand drawing, and printmaking techniques. This shows aspects of a sitter’s persona and employs art historical methods to suggest narrative and stature in a public portrait. The approach draws attention to how one interprets gendered images, representations of power, and contexts of meaning.

Coalition 768 (Detail)
© Kent Lins

Kent Lins presents “Energy Combines,” exploring his ongoing pursuit to bring dynamism to his photographs, and how this began 40 years ago. For his current exhibition he shot from unique vantage points, capturing images of early stage construction sites, hydro towers, and substations. Details of these structures – electrical conduit, metal bars, wooden planks – become components for Lins to create completely new artworks. Images are stripped of their associations so that the viewer can form new meanings. Lins discusses the ways he combines these components with his systems of editing, thereby manipulating the once real to create an appearance of dynamic energy and ongoing presence.



The exhibition culminated in a 3-day workshop on Street Photography, by Sally Buck and Kent Lins in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Gallery “Think Tank” Program and King George Secondary School.    


Kent Lins and Sally Buck at the Opening of “Power Structures: Women in the Way and Energy Combines,” April 2019. Photo by Bob Hanham


Events Supported by the 2019 Capture Photography Festival:

Saturday April 6, 7-10pm: Opening Party

Saturday Mornings, 10am – 12 noon, April 6, 13, 20 and 27: Hot Tea and Hot Sheet – Exhibitions to See

Saturday April 13, 4-6pm: Artists Talk and Happy Hour

Saturday April 20, 3-5pm: Photo Collage Workshop Using Free Software with Kent Lins (Registration is required: https://bit.ly/2FHL3P8)

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