I AM HERE, YOU ARE HERE
2020-2021

I have always been fascinated by the magic that a camera creates. It has been consistently engaged as a medium of nostalgia, idealization, and documentation. In my opinion, a camera has been a way for us to see things and to connect us in certain aspects of our lives, even cultures and histories. In addition, a camera has provided us with a viewfinder that frames individual images that either capture beauty or present issues that people need to focus on.

 

I intend to create a work with photography to speak about the land I live in. North Vancouver has been my home since we immigrated from the Philippines last 2015. "I am here; you are here, is a project that highlights my appreciation of the new land I am residing in. It also makes me look at this land's history, story, and purpose. I have opened my eyes to appreciate her glorifying attributes—Her mountains that keep me safe, trees that clean the air I breathe, and water that flourishes me to grow. She has bestowed a place to arise, learn, create, and appreciate. North Vancouver is my new home; now I belong, where my roots will grow.

 

Even more, "I am here; you are here" showcases the beauty of North Vancouver, but it also upholds values and context that could be studied. Which also aims to acknowledge and deepen viewers' understanding of the land they are walking on, running, and exploring. I hope this project will make them understand that this location is recreational and more so an area of story and history.

EXHIBITION

I am here, you are here (rvsd. My Here is Here), Delbrook Community Centre (NVAC) North Vancouver, BC, Canada, April- September, 2022

I am here, you re here (rvsd. My Here is Here), Exposure Festival-Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, February, 2022

I am here, you re here (rvsd. My Here is Here) Emerging, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC Canada, January 2021

I am here, you are here (rvsd. My Here is Here), Emily Carr University of Arts + Design, Vancouver, BC Canada, November, 2021

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I am here, you re here (rvsd. My Here is Here), Exposure Festival-Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, February, 2022

photos by: Louie Villanueva​​​

I am here, you re here (rvsd. My Here is Here) New & Emerging, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC Canada, January 2021

I am here, you are here (rvsd. My Here is Here), Emily Carr University of Arts + Design, Vancouver, BC Canada, November, 2021

I am here, you are here (rvsd. My Here is Here), Delbrook Community Centre (NVAC) North Vancouver, BC, Canada, April- September, 2022