2008: Between Memory & History

The enormous impact of the ever-evolving technologies of photography has been an overriding concern at CONTACT in recent years. We have questioned photography’s ability to represent the truth, explored rapidly increasing global interconnections and celebrated constructed imagery within photographic culture. Throughout these explorations we found that the fundamental nature of the medium – its ability to preserve our individual memories and collective histories – at least for the moment, remains unchanged.

Photography has been associated with memory since its invention and memory has long been described as a continuous exchange of images. As we experience the global shift from film to digital technology, will photographic images merely become “memories made easy”? Through our primary exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), an array of public installations and 29 feature exhibitions, this year’s festival will reveal how photography remains central to our understanding of the world around us. As the increasing participation in CONTACT demonstrates, photography is prevalent throughout our lives, now more then ever before, and wields a complex relationship to human experience.

We are very grateful for the continued support of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co., our premier sponsor and our partner in presenting public installations throughout the city. Our gratitude also goes to Scotiabank for their support of our exhibition at MOCCA and the new Scotiabank Scholarship and Prize. Sincere thanks go to our official media sponsors – Fashion Television Channel and enRoute magazine – and to our official daily newspaper the Toronto Star. Thanks also to Tourism Toronto and The National Gallery of Canada.

Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved in CONTACT 2008 – including exhibition venues, education and exhibition partners, our funders, sponsors and advertisers, CONTACT’s board of directors, staff and volunteers and, especially, the participating artists and photographers. Of course their photographs are not actual memories or events in history, but they elaborately communicative the complexity of the past, from somewhere in between.

—Darcy Killeen, Executive Director
—Bonnie Rubenstein, Festival Director and Editor

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2008 Public Installation
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
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2008 Open Exhibition
Dennis Duncan, Keith Davidson, Derek Hardinge, Elspeth Wood and 11 more Richard Lush, Barbara Gilbert, Timothy Neesam, Paul Osadchuk, Roz Tepper, Ursula Jorch, Showwei Chu, Wendy Jones, Janet Sadel, David Scott, Sanjay Mehta Traces Gallery 1313
2008 Open Exhibition
Aaron Ansarov, Daniel Volkovich, Shozo, James Stark and 15 more Sim Posen, Paddy Jane, Joachim Oepkes, Miriana, Jamie Latrobe, Lenka Holubec, Wallace Immen, Shirley Grosser, Sheila Goldgrab, Janos Gardonyi, Marie Fournier, Ed Drass, Adriana Capozzi, David Bean, Ayokah Meetings...beyond memory and history Gallery Arcturus
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
Mirela Zdjelaric, Wioletta Wesolowski, Jimm Tran, Catherine Toth and 35 more Joel Stubson, Adam Shax, David Stein, Sabrina Russo, Dale M Reid, Jonathan Reed, Ben Ng, Kat Morrow, Victor Millette, Victor Mayes, Emily Martin, Jeanne Laux, Lindsay Lauckner, Michael Krauss, Juris Kornets, Alex Kisilevich, Erin Johnston, Jesse Colin Jackson, Jim Hurtubise, Tammy Hoy, Mike Holland, Tori Foster, Elle Flanders, David Drake, Shannon Culkeen, Steven Cline, Lucy Camputaro, Jennai Bundock, Jerome Bourque, Cara Bleskie, Olena Sullivan, Michele Taras, Helen Teager, Daniela Tersigni, Tamira Sawatzky EXPOSED: Depictions, Discoveries, Discussions, & Debate Gladstone Hotel - 2nd Floor
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
Adriana Van Drunen, Gareth Wilson, Henry Benvenuti, Scott Donais and 19 more Susan Fothergill, Andrew Evans, Patricia Chard, David Golden, Tim Mogg, Lisa Herrera, Halina Lewandowsky, Scott Chalmers, Frank Perna, Susan E. Tanton, Dan Houck, Derek Stephenson, Ian Nelmes, Anna Kiss, Veronica Ciandre, Soux Ellis, Wendy Akerboom, Dave Watts, Linda McClelland Off Camera No Regrets
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
2008 Open Exhibition
David Trattles, Cait Mitchell, Christina Asante, Jan Becker and 7 more Jennifer Buter, Jo-Anne McArthur, Georgia Kirkos, Parker Saltiel, John Makinson, Dana St. Louis, Karen Tracanelli Sustain Reportage Event Photography
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Luigi Ziani, Jorge Uzon, Leonardo Estaban Tamburri, Rebecca A. Pinkus and 4 more Saajid Motala, Armando Lulu, Vid Ingelevics, Schuster Gindin Caffè Café Side Space Gallery
2008 Open Exhibition
Sean Galbraith, Olena Sullivan, Tammy Hoy, Rob Dyke and 6 more Dan Falk, Toni Wallachy, Jacqueline Blackman, Rick Harris, Timothy Neesam, Paul Krohn Trespassing on Yesterday The Charlotte Room
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