2015: No Boundaries

Ten years ago the Festival’s first thematic focus raised a question that has been contemplated since the creation of the medium: are photographs truthful representations? Today this question remains contentious, as photography’s relationship to reality persistently transforms. While evolving technologies have resulted in irrevocable changes in the way images are created and viewed, efforts to stabilize their role and function are increasingly complex and all the more superfluous. In recent years, the debate concerning the veracity of the photograph has developed into questioning the medium itself: what is photography today? The fact that this question has so many possible answers reflects an ever-expanding engagement with photography. In essence, it is both a profound means of expression and an everyday obsession that informs how life is explained, understood, experienced, and remembered. As innovative manifestations of photography continue to emerge, the time-honoured practices that ground them acquire momentum and simultaneously evolve. Breaking away from the framing of a specific thematic narrative, CONTACT 2015 celebrates photography as a medium without boundaries.

This year’s Festival presents a spectrum of Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations, drawn together to exemplify the extraordinary breadth and scope of photo-based imagery today. Collaborating with partners across Toronto, this succession of shows includes some of the earliest examples of photographic documentation, as well as recently commissioned images shown for the first time. Although the projects embody more than 170 years of the practice and highly disparate philosophical and technical concerns, several common threads bind them together.

On buildings, billboards, and subway platforms or in major museums and galleries, the images in this year’s Festival  transform the experience of the city. Painterly or sculptural, abstract or representational, still or moving, ephemeral or enduring, each of them are innovations of photography, regardless of whether they were captured by a camera, cut from a magazine, output by a computer, exposed under the sun, or printed in a darkroom. Throughout the month of May in Toronto, CONTACT has no boundaries.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

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2015 Primary Exhibition
Gabriel Cualladó, Cristina García Rodero, Humberto Rivas, Alberto García-Alix and 9 more Chema Madoz, Toni Catany, Joan Colom, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Ramón Masats, Ouka Leele, Bleda y Rosa, Pablo Pérez-Mínguez, Manuel Vilariño La Mirada en el Otro: Conexiones/
Confrontaciones
The Spanish National Photography Prize
Edward Day Gallery
2015 Primary Exhibition
Chris Wiley, James Welling, Josh Tonsfeldt, Erin Shirreff and 9 more Mariah Robertson, Elad Lassry, Owen Kydd, Barbara Kasten, John Houck, Jan Groover, Ryan Foerster, Ellen Carey, Lucas Blalock Part Picture Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2015 Primary Exhibition
John Vanderpant, Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, William Henry Fox Talbot, Hiroshi Sugimoto and 13 more Paul Strand, Gary Schneider, Franz Roh, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Man Ray, Charles Nègre, Paul Outerbridge Jr., Adrien Majewski, László Moholy-Nagy, Ralph-Eugene Meatyard, Share Corsaut, Anton Bruehl, Anna Atkins Past Picture: Photography and the Chemistry of Intention The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2015 Open Exhibition
Mike Lewis, CALOPE, Zach Hertzman, Katie Sadie and 4 more Maya Fuhr, Tiffany Sin, Lawrence Cortez, Jane & Jane INLAND: A Look at Canadian Fashion  99 Sudbury
2015 Open Exhibition
Philip Jessup, Stephen McNeill, Roz Hermant, Jeff Cruz and 6 more Hazel Ling, Matthew Plexman, Peyman Soheili, Paul Hartley, Shahriar Izadi, Juli Lyons Roads Arta Gallery
2015 Open Exhibition
Geoffrey Pugen, Brendan George Ko, Dianne Davis, Adrian Stimson and 6 more Sarah Bodri, Anne O'Callaghan, Yuula Benivolski, Teresa Ascencao, HΩLY JÅCKÅL, Claudette Abrams ISLAND PROJECTS Artscape Gibraltar Point
2015 Open Exhibition
Nur Alain Alam, Heba B., Manaal Farooqi, Sakinah Hasib and 8 more Amina Ibrahim, Zujajah I., Faria Jafri, Asma Karimi, Farrah Khan, Rola Kuidir, Meral Pasha, Fatima Wahid (mus)interpreted Artscape Youngplace
2015 Open Exhibition
Monika Szopinska, Annette Seip, Marta McKenzie, Hayley Harrington and 5 more Heather Fulton, Jaene Castrillon, Carrie Steenburgh, Marco Buonocore, Claudette Abrams Mindset Artscape Youngplace
2015 Open Exhibition
Dylan Hancock, Madelaine Landry, Toko Hosoya, Daniel Guerrette and 50 more Rupinderdeep Grewal, Ginger Greene, Leah Giles, Kyra Fleming, Julia Ettlinger, Meghan Dunsmuir, Sophie Cheah, Kennedy Cassidy, Ned Carolan, Paris Canham, Carleigh Boriska, Siobhan Bean, Sarah Balentine, Kara Altow, Adrian Abbruzzino, Keon Abbott, Elliott Larson, Andrea Lee, Kalia Lenaghan, Zacharie Lintner, Isobel MacMinn, Natalie Marjanovic, Daphne Markle, Janica Olpindo, Thomas Orwen-Goldhar, Audrey Pearson, Piper Penman, Anthony Prum, Hannah Raine, Louis Rivera, Sienna Robinson-Torrie, Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez, Pia Graham, Alie Rutty, Aden Solway, Antoni Stathoukos, Maddy Steele, Hannah Stein, Alexander Topp, Simon Van Heyst, Hannah Vella, Laura Walkovich, Hannah Warry-Smith, Katie Whiteley, Julia Wigdor, Agnes Wong, Euginia Wong, Elizabeth Warwick, Debbie Yu, Elise Wang ESA @ Contact IV Artscape Youngplace
2015 Open Exhibition
Saman Aghvami, Nasrin Arghavani Fard, John Bladen Bentley, Susan Collacott and 8 more Joanne de Boehmler, Hossein Fatemi, Dolores Gubasta, Mark Hiron, Mahsa Khalili, Judith leitner, Don Newlands, John Wallace Freedom of Expression Art Square
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
Katelin Kinney, Paul Goodsin, Siyu Liu, Julie Boehm and 34 more Nicole Ziegler, Daniel Jung, Randi Kristin Kvalvaagnes, Ian Grindal, Andrew Miller, Brandon Cawood, Felix Barjou, Natacha Trottier, Anthony Rudareanu, Tim Nguyen, Laura Mulvey, Dracorubio, Levent Erutku, Kevin Perkins, Paul Feegun, John Poppleton, Trent Foster, Michael Rosner, Brett Stanley, Pascal Dupont, Vanessa Neufeld, Olena Sullivan, Shayne Gray, Antonia Glaskova, Sebastian Gonzalez, Kelsey Kienitz, Flora Borsi, Daniel Tamagi, Mikael Aldo, Missy Mackintosh, Nicole Aspradakis, Michael Mejia, Chris Hutcheson, Don Quincy A World of Circus Distillery Fluevog Store
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
Misbah Ali, Chris Blanchenot, Linda Briskin, Katherine Childs and 10 more Keith Davidson, Dennis Duncan, Carlos M. Gárate, Margarita Macdonald, Kye Marshall, Jack Martin, Sandy Middleton, Jihee Min, James Sutherland, Drew Williamson Witnesses Gallery 1313
2015 Open Exhibition
Andrew Balfour, Benjamin Rondel, Struan, Claude Dagenais and 15 more Rachel Cote, Christopher Dew, Raul Rincon, Matthew Plexman, Chrystal Ferreira, Benoit Levac, Aurora Robinson, William Conway, David Prichard, Daniel Kim, Hassan Mohammed, Melanie Lapointe, Jean-François Gratton, Hugues Rochette, Scott McQuarrie Xposé 2015 Hang Loose Media
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
Marko Moudrak, Roger Guetta, Blake Borsley, Bret Culp and 25 more Pete Kasprzak, Claudio Bacinello, David Nardi, Domnic Santiago, Jessica Lin, Gabriela Casineanu, Isaiah Trickey, Jeff Turner, Robert MacNeil, Jonathan Barrie, Joseph Amaral, Kyle Edwards, Laura Tucker, Many Lights, Mary Perdue, Lynn Leonard, Carl Hanninen, Pankaj Brijlani, Paul Reeves, Micol Kates, Octavio Mota, Hal Halli, Colin Teatro, Jessica Lutz, Anthony Gordon Expanse Norman Felix Gallery
2015 Open Exhibition
Farnaz Mazidi, Brandon Jones, Caitlynn Fairbarns, Dainesha Nugent-Palache and 22 more Ella Bot, Emma Blackshaw, Lindsay Nemeth, Gabby Frank, Jacquelyn Holland, Victoria Wojtan, KarellaMara Raffian, Kelsie Knauf, Allison Morris, Kimberly Lee, Nick Vo, Lana Missen, Lucas Johnson, Maria Giuliana, Justin Vitale, Arma Yari, Rachel Guglielmelli, Lea Sanders, Robert Bussey, Sardar Farrokhi, Carly Whitmore, Chris Garland The Fortune of Having Been There: OCAD University Photo Thesis Graduation Exhibition Project Gallery
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
2015 Open Exhibition
Imtiaz Rashid, Moira Lennox, Gita Defoe, Josh Hobson and 7 more Sienna Clough, Kristi Odom, Megan Ewing, Tracey Buyce, Connie Tsang, Danielle Da Silva, Artem Nazarov Grassroots Exposure Yonge-University Line, TTC Subway Cars
2015 Artist Talk
2015 Artist Talk
2015 Lecture
2015 Lecture
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