Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Sunday, March 27, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, January 30
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM
Jeremy Fokkens is a self-taught Calgary-based photographer who has travelled extensively around the world photographing people, their cultures and the environments they live in. It was those international travels and living abroad that inspired Fokkens to explore his own country with fresh eyes, a 97 Tacoma truck and a paper map.
In August 2014, Fokkens began his photographic journey travelling to small towns and remote areas of Western Canada to photograph the people that call these places home. Fokkens was not interested in the big cities or the tourist attractions; he wanted to show “the real and the raw.” He wanted to meet the people that make this country what it is today and to show the beauty in the mundane. He sought out people who farm, fish, keep bees and run local stores in their day-to-day rural life. He soon found out these people have inspiring stories.
What he learned is that the people he met cared about where they came from, and respected their way of life and the surrounding communities. Rural and small town sensibility is the same around the world whether you’re in Korea or Alaska. People are kind to their neighbours, they watch over each other and to them it is as natural as breathing. There is a sense of going back to your roots and remembering where it all started and that we’re in this life together. That is what Back to the Land represents. Accompanying each portrait in the exhibition will be small back-story of the individuals pictured. Jeremy has plans to continue this project and visit all ten provinces and three territories in Canada.
Back to the Land: Photographs by Jeremy Fokkens is part of EXPOSURE 2016, the Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival.