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A local photographer is tackling topics of family and environmental issues in her latest exhibit.
Gabriela Aguero is currently showing Uprooted, a series of photographs, at the Blankstein Art Gallery at the Millennium Library. The Wolseley resident had the opportunity to show her work there a year ago, but opted to give the space to a group she was working with at the West End Commons so they would have the opportunity to show their work to the public.
The timing is right, Aguero says, as it coincides with Winnipeg’s FLASH photography festival.
"I think it’s wonderful, it’s not like a gallery," she said. "Other people would come who would never go to an art gallery so that was important to me in showing here."
Most of the photographs were taken in Winnipeg, with some from areas like Grand Beach and West Hawk Lake.
"They’re very much about the reverence for nature," Aguero said.
COURTESY OF GABRIELA AGUERO
Having grown up on a farm and spending her childhood outdoors, Aguero said it’s important to find a connection to nature.
"These are places you see every day, only that they’re magical," Aguero said of the photos. "I think we need to do more, especially with Lake Winnipeg… we’re not in the stage they are in Europe where we’re replanting our native species. They’re swimming in their rivers again.
"We’re not scared enough, but we will be, eventually. I would love to get that reaction."
Many of the photos are juxtaposed together in groups of two or three, and incorporate projections with the landscapes, to tell a narrative that Aguero hopes each viewer will identify for themselves. For her, much of the work is very personal.
"There are personal things, like my mother passed away, so she is the tree," Aguero said. "We had a very troublesome relationship. We weren’t speaking when she died, and it was so painful. That’s when you realize, boom, wow, maybe we should have tried to fix things.
"So these were meditational pieces on the love, because you forget about everything else. The things you were mad about made no sense whatsoever."
If some of the pieces look like paintings, it’s because Aguero comes from a painting background. However, she says she plans to leave photography behind in favour of video, which she has been learning from other local artists.
The exhibit is free to check out at the Blankstein Art Gallery until Oct. 31. For more of Aguero’s work, visit gabrielaaguero.tumblr.com
Community journalist — The Metro
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