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This is Our Arctic, Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

This is Our Arctic, Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery
Organized by BYTE, This is Our Arctic is a photographic exhibit showcasing the effects of climate change in the Arctic Circle as witnessed and captured by the youth of Inuvik and Old Crow. From January 10th until February, 1st.

In early October 2013, the BYTE team visited the arctic communities of Old Crow, Yukon and Inuvik, NWT to talk to local youth about climate change and teach them about photographic techniques. The youth (aged between 10 and 16 years old) then used cameras to capture evidence of the changing climate in their communities.

Climate change is taking place in the Arctic Circle at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. From dramatic displays of climate change such as permafrost melt and landslides to more subtle changes such as open water, dewdrops forming from melted frost, and warm rays of sun, these photographs capture life in Old Crow and Inuvik amidst recent environmental changes. Aside from climate change, these photographs are also windows into the lives of the local youth, who used BYTE’s workshop as an opportunity to experiment with photography and have fun with friends.

The youth photographers from Inuvik were Faith, Tristin, Kyla, Delaney, Michela, Jessica, Lesli, Katelynn, Madison and Alexa.

The youth photographers from Old Crow were Taryn, Dakota, Tyrone, Aaron, Percilla, Willow, Cheyanne and Shaylene.

BYTE is a ‘by youth, for youth’ charitable organization that focuses on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s North. Their missions is to unite youth, strengthen their voice, take action and bring about positive change for the wellbeing of everyone. BYTE’s facilitation team travels to communities throughout the Yukon, Northern BC and NWT to deliver innovative and relevant programming to youth. They also host events and workshops in Whitehorse that foster creativity, culture and sport, focusing on developing confidence, skills, openness and a sense of belonging amongst the North’s youth.

This project was made possible due to funding from The Small Change Fund and Environment Yukon and the generous donations of Air North and Capital Suites (Inuvik). Thanks also to the Yukon Film Society for providing cameras. 

Community Gallery Exhibit: We keep it all in by Jen Williams

Community Gallery Exhibit: We keep it all in by Jen Williams

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Please join us for the opening reception of "We Keep It All In" new works by Jen Williams. The opening reception is on March 8th from 5-7pm, refreshments and snacks provided. The exhibition runs from March 1 to 30, 2013. Gallery Hours Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 12-5.

Artist Statement
I am one of those people who strolls along your street in the evening, hoping to get a glimpse into your living room. Interior spaces, particularly those of strangers, have long fascinated me. As an introvert, much of my emotional life plays itself out on an interior screen in my mind, hidden to the world at large. “we keep it all in” is a series of mind’s eye pictures that are both impassively archetypal and deeply personal. Scenes of seemingly banal domesticity belie the darker, murkier realm of suppressed memories, nightmares and unspoken fears that seep into, form and shape our collective unconsciousness.

Bio
Jen Williams is a photo based artist from Yukon, Canada. She creates staged photographic narratives using familiar socio-cultural icons and archetypes as a means to explore and deconstruct the way we define ourselves, others and our place in the world.

http://www.jenwilliams.ca