Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together

Alyssa Bistonath, Ruth Kaplan, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Brent Lewin, Debra Friedman, Robert Poulton


Presented throughout the TTC, this two-part project opens up a dialogue about Toronto. We’re in this Together suggests a number of different themes: personal relationships, the city’s myriad and ever-shifting communities, current political and economic realities, geographical boundaries, or ecological uncertainties.

The subway platform posters will feature a curated selection of work by six Toronto-based photographers, each with unique views of the city’s strengths and weaknesses, its beauty, and its secrets. Reflecting on its multiplicity, each artist presents work that connects to the concept of community in different ways. Alyssa Bistonath’s portraiture exudes warmth and shared intimacy; Ruth Kaplan takes pictures of people living within communities of acceptance; Aaron Vincent Elkaim’s documentary practice illuminates but does not define the people he photographs; Brent Lewin makes images about social issues and cultural conditions; Debra Friedman’s figures bestow profound meaning on their surroundings; and Robert Poulton makes photographs that focus on cultural transitions.

The LCD screens will showcase photos submitted by the public in response to an open call asking Torontonians to consider what We’re in this Together means to them. For the month of May, the selected images will be seen at over 300 locations across the TTC, a different photo being featured once every five minutes throughout the day. We’re in this Together allows us all to share our impressions about what it’s like to live in Toronto. Images can be submitted to the Contacting Toronto group on Flickr until May 30.

Dedicated screens: Bloor (N & S platform), St Andrew (S platform), Dundas (S platform) May 1- 8

Co-produced by Pattison/Onestop and Art for Commuters, in partnership with CONTACT. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Curated by Sharon Switzer