Living the Dream – Then and Now Photography by Carin Smolinski
Exhibit: October 18 – November 13, 2018
Ever wondered how far some people are willing to go to “Live the Dream” in Whistler? As Carin Smolinski has found, people may be willing to live anywhere to make that dream happen. Almost a decade after her first installment of photographs capturing images of the unique and often creative living situations of Whistler locals – from squatter houses, overcrowded bedrooms, to closets and campers – Carin is back with an update! The first series of photos was shot in 2010 and exhibited in 2011 and now the updated 2018 version will be showcased alongside the originals, complete with surveys that include information about pay and rent rates, occupations and number of roommates. Do you think almost a decade has made a difference?
We talked to Carin to get the inside scoop on her work, her new exhibit, and a glimpse into the art opening of “Living the Dream” – Then and Now.
Art Opening: October 19, 2018 | 7-9pm | Free | The Gallery at Maury Young Arts Centre
Enjoy a drink and browse The Gallery at 7pm. The action gets underway in the Theatre at 7:30pm.
Whether you’re new to town, or you’re a long-term local, don’t miss the art opening of “Living the Dream” – Then and Now. The evening will feature remarks from Carin, comments from Whistler Community Services Society, as well as a selection of hilarious and insightful short films on housing from the 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown. Join us for a drink and chat about housing in Whistler – the hottest issue in town, on the night before the municipal election!
7:00pm – Reception in The Gallery with cash bar.
7:30pm – Presentations in the Theatre begin:
- Welcome from Arts Whistler Executive Director, Mo Douglas
- Comment from the Artist – Carin Smolinski
- Short Film #1 – Chris Dickinson “Homeless in Whistler” Documentary
- Comment from Whistler Community Services Society Executive Director, Jackie Dickinson
- Short Film #2 – Ryan Kenny “The Crisis” from the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown
- Storytelling – Braden Dupuis tells the story of housing-crunched Whistler ghost
- Short Film #3 – Rebecca Wood-Barrett “The System” from the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown
Then – Mingle in The Gallery, enjoy a drink and snacks, including legendary “Housing Crunch” tacos!
About Carin Smolinski:
Whistler photographer Carin Smolinski had been shooting travel, photojournalism and portraiture professionally for 14 years. With the approach of the 2010 Olympics, she set out to capture the creative and unique housing situations that some Whistler locals created in order to live their dream. Smolinski captured squatter houses, overcrowded bedrooms, closets turned into bedrooms, small trailers plus many more. Her images display a sense of innovation and humour as her subjects delight in living the Whistler dream affordably, creatively and adventurously. “Living the Dream” was featured in The Ski Journal, The Globe and Mail, was a solo exhibition for Whistler Arts Council and has been a travelling exhibition at the Southside Diner and 81 at Summit Lodge. Carin has had photography exhibitions in Japan and Canada and had her work featured on Entertainment Tonight Canada and various online and in print publications. She’s delighted to be bringing “Living the Dream” back with a 2018 retrospective and is still in the process of putting it together into a coffee table book. If you’re wondering how she manages to get people to let her photograph them in their non conforming abodes….. the secret it FREE BEER!!!! If you have a great pad and are thirsty, she’d love to hear from you!