looking for water | simplicio

simplicio villarreal

The misunderstood beauty of being alive 

here I find myself

familiarized with the unfamiliar

stumbling upon the things I was not supposed to be

like waking up in a house that is not home

thirsty for a glass of water

without windows, without light

without knowing where the glasses are, or the water.

no light leaking from anywhere on the walls

returning to the same places

stumbling upon the same ghosts

stepping in and out of the conscious

drifting gently with the sway of the lost

thirsty for a glass of water

I find none

Crudités | Svava Tergesen

Svava Tergesen |

Crudités disseminates a vision of hybridity by altering the identities of everyday food objects. The once familiar connotations of foods are stripped away, opening up a space for the object to be determined as a material in and of itself.

Svava Tergesen is an interdisciplinary artist based on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Through a confluence of sculptural, still-life and collage techniques, Svava’s work speaks to themes of identity, the body, psycho-spiritual perception and disability.

Hvor Jeg Har Havn (Where I am Harboured) | Mikhela Greiner

Hvor Jeg Har Havn | Mikhela Greiner

Hvor Jeg Har Havn (where I am harboured) is a series of large format (4×5) and digital images exploring the ways in which the body communicates; both to those around us – specifically within the context of family, as we move through spaces and interact with each other, but also in how emotion and the state of our mental health tends to manifest itself physically, how our bodies communicate to us intimately, and affect our movement.

Mikhela (b. 1996) is a Norwegian-Canadian visual artist working primarily in photography. Her work explores ideas of identity, femininity, and family, often centred around the body through movement and gesture as a means of communicating.

Marija Kanavin

Marija Kanavin

We are born and we die and in between we lay trails of stories within the web of our existence. I seek to reflect upon the stories of the ones that came before me. Through my own experiences and relationships with the people, places and objects directly related to the traces recorded through my family tree I consider my connection to my family, their experiences and how they have influenced me.

Marija Rebekka Kanavin Gutans (b. 1996) is a Norwegian and Latvian visual artist, born and raised in Norway. Her practice explores themes of identity, relationships, memory and history. Through photography she considers the way she learns, looks and reflects upon our past, contemporary moment and coming changes.


Repeat After Me | Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

Repeat After Me

This photographic work attempts to provoke the everyday towards obscurity and highlight the wavering centrality and stability of the domestic space by positioning objects in dialogue with each other to create domestic photographic sculptures.

My work often stemms from an intellectual restless-ness concerning my domestic space. Most of my work deals with the centrality, stability, and continuity in the domestic space. In my most recent series, I am attempting to focus on the peculiarity of “the everyday” domestic space and to position objects in dialogue with both each other and with people to provoke the everyday towards obscurity, using my own subjective perspective as the catalyst. 




Music in my Eyes I Silas Ng

Music in My Eyes,” investigates how the term sound can be experienced as a deaf person. This work is a response to music, specifically classical music, and the difference between how those who use sign language and those who use spoken language, who can also hear the music, grasp the idea or emotion behind the music. The term sound is understood in sign language by using the sign on-ear to explain the sound can be heard with the ear; however, how it is interpreted as an actual sound can only be understood by people who live in the world of sound. It does not mean the deaf people will not be able to experience sound or they lack their own musical culture. Deaf culture enjoys music that involves specific instruments, like a drum or electric music from dubstep, percussive instruments that can be felt as much as they can be heard. The music is played at a very loud volume, and the high decibel sound waves create vibrations that people feel traveling into their bodies as musical energy.


Silas Ng (b.1997) is an emerging artist based on the unceded territories of Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. His photography and multi-disciplinary works explore his life experience and identities as Deaf Canadian-born Chinese to discover how his life merged into three different worlds. 


Ponderous, I | Stefan Johnson

Ponderous, I (2019)

Transparent balloons, water, toner prints, string


A gift: to be held, to hold, to bear, to bestow.

A body: within, without, amongst, against.

An occasion unlike any other.

I am sorry and I love you.



Stefan Johnson is an emerging artist currently based on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqeum, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. His work straddles the lines of photography, sculpture and installation in order to rediscover the objectness of the photographic medium in this new, digitized world. In a similar manner, his work explores the multiplicity of identities that make up the Self, in order to unearth portions of his own, queer, identity.

Madeleine Althammer

In my earlier years at school, I focused mostly on my photography, only working on other projects when the time permitted. However, in the last year at Emily Carr University, I began to seriously work on combining my love for photography and writing. I had started combining the two a few years prior, in my personal time, but had not developed it much further. This first book (after many, many years of editing, and the three subsequent ones that I developed during my time at EC, can now be found below or by clicking on the ‘shop’ link on my website. (Link above) You can also find a preview of each book by clicking on the images below and selecting ‘preview’. (Redirect to Blurb)

sik teng mm sik gong (pardon my chinese) | Gloria Wong

Gloria Wong

sik teng mm sik gong (pardon my chinese)” consists of a series of large format 4×5 photographs that are part of an investigation into Asian-Canadian diasporic identity and the ways that it manifests through familial relationships, domestic spaces and objects. This work takes up aspects of the everyday to visualize the things “in between” that make up this identity: between care and neglect, sterility and warmth, belonging and alienation. The title of the work refers to a common Cantonese phrase in the Hong Kong-Canadian diaspora about first-generation immigrants who can understand parts of the language but don’t know how to speak it. Through a combination of portraits and still lifes, these photographs attempt to portray the complexities and nuances of this Asian-Canadian identity, while being conscious of overt stereotypical signifiers.

Gloria Wong (b. 1998) is an emerging artist based on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her practice primarily uses photography to explore the complexities and nuances of East Asian diasporic identities and the ways they are shaped by different relationships-whether between people, their environments or objects.


This project has been awarded the Chick Rice Award for Excellence in Photography