New exhibits open at The Reach

A public reception will be held Jan. 23 for new exhibits

A public reception takes place Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. for the newest exhibits opening at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford (32388 Veterans Way).

The exhibits run from Jan. 23 to March 30 and include “Clash: Conflict and its Consequences,” which explores the subject of war and conflict in photography.

Moving beyond depictions of the spectacle of battle, the exhibition shows both the photographers’ and the victims’ experiences.

Central to this exhibition is photography’s relationship with trauma and remembrance, at the personal, communal and national levels, and issues of what constitutes history, for whom, and why.

The exhibit is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and curated by Andrea Kunard, associate curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Canada.

It features the work of more than 20 artists.

As part of the Clash exhibition, The Reach will present on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. “In Conversation: Steps Towards Healing and Hope” with Kunard and Esther Epp-Tiessen, public engagement co-ordinator with the Ottawa office of Mennonite Central Committee Canada.

Also running at the gallery from Jan. 23 to March 30 are the exhibits “Drain: In Recognition of the 90th Anniversary of the Draining of Sumas Lake,” “Entanglement: A Vision of Our World with Plastic” by Michael JP Hall, “No Effect” by David Sands and “Once upon a time … I was a tree!” by Dan Lefebvre.

For more information on any of the exhibits, visit thereach.ca or call Scott Marsden at 604-864-8087 (ext. 122).