AUArts alumni Haley Eyre & Megan Conley part of PhotoED Magazine's Pecha Kucha 20 x 20

PhotoED Magazine presents… A Photo Inspiration Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 Night! Ten brave speakers, including two AUArts alumni, Haley Eyre, BDes '19 | Photography and Megan Conley, BFA '13 | Painting, show-and-tell tell their photography stories, live in only 20 slides, limited to 20 seconds per slide. This quick-fire presentation method allows for a fun evening of impactful storytelling, guaranteed to leave you inspired. 

We connected with Haley and Megan in advance of the big night to get the inside scoop on what to expect from their individual talks. 

Haley Eyre, BDes '19 

Who is Haley? 

Born and raised in Calgary, I am an emerging artist and recent graduate from the photography program at the Alberta University of the Arts. In recent years, through my interaction with a broader world – one connected through the internet – my interests and artistic practice have begun to include feminism and gender politics. Photography is my way of exploring themes of beauty, societal standards, feminism, and inner conflicts. I enjoy using vibrant aesthetics and comedy as a method of expressing myself in my work. My practice involves story-telling, set building, photography, and photoshop. My goal as an artist is to bring a little laughter into the world while also confronting social issues and my personal hardships. 

I am also the creator and director of UNABASHED Art & Style Magazine; a magazine with a focus on local artists, challenging societal standards of beauty, and promotes being true to one’s self.   

What should we expect from your Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 presentation?  

I’ll be talking casually about my artistic photography work. I will be discussing my process, my inspirations and my aspirations for the future! 

Megan Conley, BFA '13

Who is Megan? 

I was born and raised in Calgary, where I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Alberta University of the Arts in 2013. I completed my Master of Fine Art in Visual Studies, Emerging Practices in 2015 at the University at Buffalo, New York. I am currently a Photography Instructor with the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education Department. Mediums used within my work are photography, drawing, 3D printing and sculpture. 

What should we expect from your Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 presentation?  

For the past ten years, I have been compelled to make work that explores issues of self-identity, born from my experiences of dealing with facial and dental deformity and the ensuing correction process. I’ll share the evolution of my practice during this time period.

In the beginning I was strictly focused on self-portraiture and re-examining this experience through photography, video, multi layered sculptures and 3D printing. Later, my experience working with youth, as part of a residency with the Calgary Board of Education, encouraged me to be more receptive to trauma that is not my own. This led to my on-going Trauma Series where I continue to examine the face and body as a site of vulnerable expression through movement and touch while ultimately starting a conversation about individual struggle, mental health and collective healing. 

This event is part of Calgary's Exposure Photography Festival that runs Jan. 31, 2020 to Feb. 29, 2020. This year, through its program of exhibitions, portfolio reviews, artist talks, discussions and events, Exposure 2020 explores what photography has been, what it is now, and what it can be. 

PhotoEd Magazine's Photo Inspiration Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 Night takes place on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Calgary Central Library. 

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