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Bednar will give an Artist Talk at the Art About Finn Slough exhibition on Friday, April 7 at 7:00 pm. The talk will take place in the Performance Hall (located in the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate) during the Opening Celebrations. Art About Finn Slough Show is presented by the Finn Slough Heritage and Wetlands Society in Partnership with the Cultural Centre. This year’s theme is, Time and Tide: Finn Slough Space and Place.
The idea of “Art about Finn Slough Show” is to honour Finn Slough and the many decades of artists’ engagement with representing Finn Slough, and to further invite and expand this visual conversation.
Michael Bednar’s photographic work, The Fraser, Living River explores the historical and ecological significance of British Columbia’s longest river. Commencing its documentation of the headwaters at the Continental Divide to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, Bednar examines this ecologically diverse river that flows through 11 of BC’s 14 biogeoclimatic zones.
Central to the project is Bednar’s framing of the Fraser as a working river; his images highlight its history and continued importance to First Nations communities and include the development of industries such as logging, shipping, fishing, and tourism. The City of Richmond, located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, evinces the working aspect of the river with numerous industries presently lining its river banks.
The Fraser, Living River is presented in partnership with Richmond Public Art and is part of the Capture Photography Festival.
Michael Bednar is an award-winning travel and documentary photographer recognized internationally for his work exploring the intersections of humans and the environment. Bednar studied and worked in forestry, fisheries and wildlife prior to becoming a photographer. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Asian Geographic, Geo Magazine and British Columbia Magazine.
Above: Michael Bednar, "Where the Land Meets the Sea", 2016, digital photograph.