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The Gallery at Queen’s Park: “Parade”

Exhibition Dates: April 10 – May 5, 2024
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Exhibition Statement

For over a decade, JJ Lee has taken ad hoc portraits of participants preparing to march in New Westminster’s Hyack Day Parade.

The images attempt to delve into identity, photographic vision, ethnography, and evolving communities. There is attention paid to dress and how performance manifests
in social rituals. The individuals portrayed here are “on” in a way rarely seen when they parade.

The images seem to capture an introspective quality among the subjects, but in it may also be another performance before the lens.

The images are all full-crop. The whole photoemulsive area of each photograph make up each image. No pronounced manipulation or editing have been applied to the
images. In part the aesthetic is drawn from Henri Cartier-Bresson’s approach to street photography but mostly it stems from his love of emulsion film.
Lee writes, “In truth, I am uncomfortable putting too fine a point on these images. They have to speak for themselves on some level. Each carry their own surprising meaning however problematic.”

ART Sunday Programming

Sunday, April 14, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Gallery at Queen’s Park
Artist launch and talk.

Sunday, April 21, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Street Photography Walkabout:
Meeting at New Westminster Skytrain Station (in front of the Safeway), JJ will lead a street photography walk along Columbia Street and the Quay, and facilitate a
discussion on street photography techniques.

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Gallery at Queen’s Park
In an informal meetup, share the story and camera behind your all-time favourite photograph you’ve taken. In a meetup, facilitated by JJ Lee, participants will be
encouraged to discuss content, form, technique and technology by walking attendees through the image and the quirks and qualities of their camera. Also, everyone will be welcomed to bring a small amount of photographic gear to swap or sell after the presentation. Please note, no projection will be provided for the talk so please bring a
print of your image

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