Image of artwork titled "Anood in the Guest Bedroom" by Farah Al Qasimi
Check out Esker Foundation's Winter/Spring 2022 Exhibitions | Photo: Courtesy of the Esker Foundation

Esker Foundation

Featuring Farah Al Qasimi, Michelle Bui, Veronika Pausova, and more

Haider Ali

Esker Foundation presents three exciting photography and painting solo exhibitions this season.

Featuring work by artists Farah Al Qasimi, Michelle Bui, and Veronika Pausova, its Winter/Spring exhibition lineup runs from January 22 to June 26, 2022.

If that isn’t enough, audiovisual digital art installation, TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves, launched on January 22 in the new Bridge space, while Ashley Bedet’s a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled opens February 14 in Esker’s Project Space.

You can check out all of these exhibitions during regular gallery hours, Wednesdays to Sundays, 11:00am to 6:00pm, at their gallery space in Calgary’s Inglewood area.

Esker Foundation continues to participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program to ensure your health and safety during your visit. Learn more at

Now, let’s take a closer look at these exhibitions:

Michelle Bui: Naked Excess

January 22 – June 26, 2022
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Michelle Bui’s photographs reflect the processes of accumulation, presentation, and eventual decay that mark our relationships to seemingly mundane items. Sensual and sensorial, her images point to the negotiation between our understanding of ourselves and the objects that we amass. In the same breath, they cause us to question our appetite for these objects, this excess, in the first place.

Veronika Pausova: Fast Moving Sun

January 22 – June 26, 2022
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Veronika Pausova’s paintings are the result of a process of slow observation, experimentation, and problem-solving. In her newest work, oil- and turpentine-soaked fabric is pressed onto the canvas to create a residual surface texture—a strategy akin to surreal decalcomania, a transfer technique employed by early 20th century surrealist artists such as Max Ernst as a means of introducing an element of chance to a composition.

Farah Al Qasimi: Letters for Occasions

January 29 – June 26, 2022
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Farah Al Qasimi’s photographs speak to the complexities of negotiating overlapping cultures and multiple contexts simultaneously. Her work considers the global circulation of popular culture and the process by which objects or images are coded with meaning. Lush and textural, Al Qasimi’s photographs possess a heightened quality that veers towards the uncanny. While her subject matter appears legible and familiar at first, her images transcend the realm of the ordinary and confuse the boundaries between perception and representation.

In the Bridge Space


January 22 – April 15, 2022
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves is audiovisual digital art installation that came together as a reflection by Kaitlyn Purcell, Brendon Many Bears, and Joey Big Snake on themes from Esker Foundation’s Fall 2021 exhibition, RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. With contributions from University of Calgary students Jeremy Bobosky, Maci Jordan, and Laurencine Saddleback completing this constellation, the exhibition is an exploration of one’s relation to place, and how the individual experience becomes constellations through the synchronicities that brought us together.

In the Project Space

Ashley Bedet: a rolled chord of sunlight unfurled

February 14 – June 5, 2022
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to Explore

There is something particularly special about the quality of light in Mohkinstsis and Southern Alberta. Softly radiant or blindingly intense, the range of its luminescence is one of the most beautiful things about this place. Out of reverence and affection for the sun’s refraction on our plot of rock comes a new body of work dedicated to investigating and honouring the different intensities, quivering and sublime, of our sun’s rays.

Esker Foundation’s Winter/Spring 2022 Exhibitions run January 23 to June 26. The full schedule and more details can be found at