2014: Identity

Photography is a vital means of communicating the distinguishing characteristics of people, and demonstrating both the objective and subjective reality of objects and sites. The construction of identity is deeply connected to the taking and viewing of photographs, now more than ever within our hypermediated culture. Regardless of the processes employed in their production, photographic images convey genuine external traits, conditions of sameness, and situational differences. They influence human behaviour and the ways in which we adapt within and respond to the world around us.

CONTACT’s 2014 thematic programming highlights the relationship between identity and photography by focusing on images that explore individual and collective attributes. The Festival’s Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations include photo-based works by Canadian and international artists, both emerging and established, that address issues of character, nationality, migration, race, class, gender, feminism, masculinity, and sexuality. While some artists create scenes that represent intimate aspects of themselves and their subjects, others take a documentary approach to describe shared concerns and provoke questions. Each of them emphasizes the power of photographs to influence a physical and psychological identification with people, places, and things, while acknowledging the complex and mutable character of their subjects. Through a variety of practices, the artists and their photographs assert their own idiosyncratic identity and elicit an emotional association that is both outwardly influential and internally processed by viewers.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

Read More Read Less




2014 Primary Exhibition
2014 Primary Exhibition
2014 Primary Exhibition
Rodell Warner, Stacey Tyrell, Alex Smailes, Radcliffe Roye and 14 more Ebony G. Patterson, O'Neil Lawrence, Roshini Kempadoo, Marlon James, Nadia Huggins, Gerard Hanson, Abigail Hadeed, Gerard Gaskin, Renee Cox, James Cooper, Holly Bynoe, Terry Boddie, Marvin Bartley, Ewan Atkinson Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography Shipping Containers behind the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
2014 Primary Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
Janette Beckman, Ken Regan, Neal Preston, Danny Clinch and 15 more Ray Stevenson, Jess Baumung, Lex Van Rossen, Sheila Rock, Ebet Roberts, David Corio, Jill Furmanovsky, Catherine McGann, Paul Till, Lynn Goldsmith, Lucia Graca, Allan Tannenbaum, Patrick Harbron, Edie Steiner, Allan Ballard PUNK vs RAP Analogue Gallery
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
Matthew Plexman, Bob Carnie, Steve Levinson, Walker Kitchens and 4 more Blake Chorley, Colin Corneau, Marie Heintzman, James Kitchens Lookout Into My World Arta Gallery
2014 Open Exhibition
Joe Black, Vince Carlucci, Norm Betts, Bryan Helm and 14 more Boris Spremo, Andrew MacNaughtan, Don Newlands, Kevin Kelly, David Hunsberger, Nigel Dickson, Daniel Bray, Margaret Malandruccolo, Marc Stewart, Gail Harvey, David Lee, Lisa Murzin, Carrie Nuttall, Raul Rincon Stoking the Star Maker Machinery Behind the Popular Songs Art Square
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
Jack Martin, Keith Davidson, Dennis Duncan, Kye Marshall and 11 more Linda Briskin, Timothy Neesam, Paula Grgurich Shewchuk, Peggy Taylor Reid, Chris Blanchenot, Robert Teteruck, Saman Deilamani, Christine Peterson, Nelly Akerman Singer, Arthur Poirier, Sandy Middleton DNA Gallery 1313
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
Carmen Cheung, Christine Kwan, Nicholas Tam, Andrew Lee and 4 more Vincent Luk, Sheldon Sam, Hitoshi Murakami, Emily Lockhart Dirty Laundry Harbord Coinwash
2014 Open Exhibition
Claudette Abrams, Mark Belvedere, Marco Buonocore, Treese Flenniken and 5 more Heather Fulton, Catherine Jones, Lorette Luzajic, Michael Mills, Sean Patenaude Mindset Hart House, University of Toronto
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
Rachel Asevicius, Emily Badgley, Madeline Bassant, Taylor Baker and 26 more Alexander Arjoon, Enzo Break, Claire Button, Jade Cohen, Carrie Collacutt, Sam Hughes, Samarah Iddon, Scott Jenner, Samantha Lucchetta, Olivia MacKay, Laura Makaltses, Michaela Mar, Meagan McCluskey, Kate McDermott, Luke Mohan, Shawn Molko, William Montgomery, Kevin Nguyen, Haley Parker, Lucy Pauker, Nicolas Paulino, Ethan Rosenberg, Viktoria Ryrak, Lindsay Sadler, Kenneth Stevens, Erika Verhagen ESA C3 KUMF Gallery
2014 Open Exhibition
2014 Open Exhibition
Jonathan Macagba, Nebi Milutinovic, Jen Bolt, Isaac Zelunka and 11 more Emma Fowler, Gabriel Menet, Matt Waples, Nathan Mills, Maya Fuhr, James Hewitt, Steph George, Neal Armstrong, Alex Sheriff, Jah Grey, Madelayne Hajek Concurrent Streams Project Gallery
2014 Open Exhibition
Robert Greatrix, Lorainne Parow, Jonathan Garcia Mainou, Spencer Robertson and 9 more Theodore Soliman, Lisa Johnson, Jordan Starr, David Harcombe, Manish Patel, Michael Pietrocarlo, Stephen Tapajna, Barbara Allan, Taimaz Moslemian Rose-Tinted Project Gallery
2014 Open Exhibition
Peter Adamson, Janet Dey, John Drajewicz, Natalie Draz and 6 more Sheila Jonah, Joanne Malvern, David Rayfield, Peter Riedel, Phil Vriend, Phil Williams New Works PROOF Studio Gallery
2014 Open Exhibition
Heidi Persaud, Gabriel Gutiérrez, Allie Croza, Sebastian Benitez and 14 more Lauren Vaile, Julie Douglas, Katie Fortier, Julia Macerola, Carlie Woodworth, Christine McLean, Rose Flutur, Ashley van der Laan, Pamela Carriere, Diana Shen, Bijan Ramezani, Naoise Dunne, Garrett Peck, Nadine Davis 224 Days: A Prologue TAC Art Space
2014 Open Exhibition
Voula Monoholias, Tony Maridakis, John Kosmopoulos, Vikki Tsekouras and 3 more Aliki Tsirliagkou, Thodoris Zafeiropoulos, Chrissa Markos Identity Crisis The Burroughes
2014 Open Exhibition
Elif Suyabatmaz, Carlein Van Der Beek, Wes Quarles, David Ingraham and 7 more Diana Lopez, Richard Koci Hernandez, Crispin Giles, Katarina Gavrilica, Cecile Edelist, Dan Cristea, Vlad Chirkov Hiding in Plain Sight Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1
2014 Artist Talk
<