2016: 20th Anniversary

Together we reflect on the last 20 years of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the innumerable encounters with images it has activated throughout the city, suspending movement and provoking imagination. Exploring paths that connect people and photographs, we have led the approach to intersections where meaningful experiences take place. The extraordinary scope of photography and its all-encompassing influence is illuminated by CONTACT, as we present a broad spectrum of work by acclaimed and emerging lens-based artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists from Canada and around the world. Pursuing innovation and site-specific projects, we also look back at the foundations of the medium.

Over the years, we have questioned the veracity of images and studied their constructed nature, heralded their pervasive influence, and acknowledged their dramatic social and political impact. Our perception of reality has been challenged by photographs that frame shifting landscapes or serve as markers of history and surrogates for memory. We have examined photography’s evolution, and how past manifestations continuously inform current practices. After confronting proclamations of photography’s impending death, we ushered in the resurgence of analogue processes. And while amassing vast quantities of images derived from everyday image-making, we prudently distinguished exceptional photographs and their widespread implications. Idiosyncratic representations of identity have engendered our reverence, empathy, and enlightened sense of self, both individually and collectively.

Collaborating with our partners at major museums, galleries, organizations, and urban spaces throughout the Greater Toronto Area, CONTACT 2016 marks the Festival’s 20th anniversary with an expanded program focused on 20 Primary Exhibitions and 20 Public Installations. Inspired by many creative practitioners and the visual acuity of their work, these shows comprise more than 170 years of photographic image-making. Drawn from distinctly varied sources across the city and around the world, these outstanding works offer powerful insights and compelling views of social landscape, political turmoil, and cultural change. Underscoring the shadowy territory between fact and fiction, they depict dreamers and rebels, and explore conceptions of beauty and pride.

Positioned on streets, billboards, and subway platforms, or suspended from the façades and interiors of buildings, our public installations transform the experience of the city. Conveying narratives specific to the environment, its usage, and inhabitants, the interplay between the photographic subject and its surrounding context destabilizes the conventions of advertising and alters the patterns of everyday activity in public spaces.

The sweeping presence of CONTACT in May stimulates a multitude of programs and expressive endeavours throughout Toronto, interconnecting people by encouraging dialogue and opportunities to learn while fostering cultural commonalities. Shown in diverse neighbourhood locations—including galleries, community centres and schools, cafés, stores, and many unexpected alternative venues—Open Exhibitions are the democratic foundation of the Festival. Our annual open call for participation also cultivates submissions, and the selected Featured Exhibitions highlight powerful lens-based works by accomplished artists at prominent galleries. Journeys to these venues throughout the city, whether planned or discovered, uncover inventive presentations by burgeoning artists and leading professionals.

We are very grateful to our title sponsor Scotiabank, who continues to support the Festival’s programming and growth. Sincere thanks go to our major sponsors Nikon and PATTISON for their active engagement over the last seven years. Provincial funding from Celebrate Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Tourism Event Marketing Program, along with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, is gratefully acknowledged for providing tremendous reinforcement. Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved in CONTACT 2016, including programming partners, funders, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. We have endeavoured to expand the artistic practices of all involved while broadening our audience and engagement with visual arts locally and globally. We are proud to have played a key role in making Toronto an international centre of photography.

Bringing together over 1,500 artists and photographers at more than 200 exhibitions and happenings, we commemorate our 20th anniversary and celebrate the accomplishments of countless people who contribute to the Festival—most notably those exhibiting their work. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of images have mapped millions of experiences across our urban communities, guiding us to see and better understand the multifaceted nature of our place within constantly changing scenes.

—CONTACT staff and board of directors

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2016 Primary Exhibition
2016 Primary Exhibition
Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Danny Lyon, Nan Goldin and 7 more Gordon Parks, Kenneth Anger, Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, Marie Menken, snapshooters of Casa Susanna Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s - 1980s Art Gallery of Ontario
2016 Primary Exhibition
2016 Public Installation
2016 Public Installation
Hugo Aymar, Daniel Berehulak, Paula Bronstein, Sim Chi-Yin and 16 more Glenna Gordon, Zun Lee, Benjamin Lowy, Liam Maloney, Jake Naughton, Ed Ou, Renaud Philippe, Andrew Quilty, David Maurice Smith, Luca Sola, Christophe Stramba-Badiali, Mauricio Susin, Emilien Urbano, Kadir van Lohuizen, Donald Weber, Ian Willms #Dysturb Kensington Market/Chinatown Area
2016 Public Installation
2016 Public Installation
The Long Weekend: Paul Butler, Galen Johnson, Julia Anne Leach, Guy Maddin and 4 more Caelum Vatnsdal, with special guests Jonah Corne, Simon Hughes, Alicia Smith Coming Attractions TIFF Bell Lightbox
2016 Open Exhibition
Jason Champagne, Joyce Crago, Christine Fitzgerald, Geneviève Labbé and 15 more Katy Lopez, Rey Martin, Judy Morris Dupont, Austin Wing, Hannah Evans, Mel Harris, Andrew Macartney, Matthew McIlkenny, Michael Kuby, Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief, Neeko Paluzzi, Adelita Rose, Christian Villemaire, Glenn Bloodworth, Richard Robesco School Of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa
2016 Open Exhibition
2016 Open Exhibition
2016 Open Exhibition
Anya Chibis, Regina Garcia, Angela Lewis, Kerry Shaw and 4 more May Truong, Brooke Wedlock, Michelle Yee, Raina Kirn Bad Behaviour Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Exhibition
Macy Armstrong, Leeza Belkina, Lee Bertram-French, Celeste Cares and 37 more Viona Charles, Julia Chehab, Diwya De Silva, Ryland Dinneen, Monacco Dunn, Gemma Foley, Lily Fowler, Adam Gowan, Alexandra Haik, Veronica Hampson, Chloe Hazard, Taylor Hominuk, Makenna Humes, Anneka Jin, Lexi Johnston, Maggie Keogh, Parsa Khergheh Poush, Soda Pop Liptrott, Brandon Lopez-Rawson, Djordje Lukic, Xander Maclaren, Sienna Maeba, Halle Marshall, Emma Meyler, Mitchell Milley, Carol Nguyen, James Perry, Ingrid Repic, Callum Roy Barron, Antonia Soldovieri, Lucy Stamler, Rosalind Sweeney-McCabe, Natalie Totayo, Nicholas Ullrich, Hannah Van Den Bosch, Holly Westgate, Lilianna White Presence Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Exhibition
Claudette Abrams, Mark Belvedere, Marco Buonocore, Jaene Castrillon and 5 more Treese Flenniken, Heather Fulton, Sean Patenaude, Annette Seip, Tanya Louise Workman Mindset Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Exhibition
2016 Open Exhibition
Jack Martin, Nicole Croiset, Hugh McBride, Dean Bradley and 10 more Robert Teteruck, Sandy Middleton, Daniel He, Annie Tong, Atia Pokorny, Trevor Ydreos, Victor Mayes, Duncan McLaren, Carlos Gárate, Tobi Asmoucha Ellipsis Gallery 1313
2016 Open Exhibition
Margarita Macdonald, Linda Briskin, Kye Marshall, Eliza Moore and 10 more James Sutherland, Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu, Chris Blanchenot, Keith Davidson, Dennis Duncan, Sirus Azadi, Sylvia Galbraith, Ulla Djelweh, Ted Scott, Alexa Phillips Ellipsis, Pt. 2 Gallery 1313
2016 Open Exhibition
Declan Acosta, Gustavo Aguirre, John Davison, Malkah Engel and 9 more Rick Franken, Lawrence Richard Rutherford III, Andrée Vailancourt, Inna Kalinovskaia, Coco Wilson, Linda Cable, Linda Monteith Gardiner, Cliff Davidson, Sean Waisglass Making A Scene Keenan Research Centre (West Lobby, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute)
2016 Open Exhibition
Arthur Elgort, Andrey Yakovlev, Lili Aleeva, Billy & Hells and 3 more Olaf Hajek, Edward B. Gordon, Robert Lebeck LUMAS: Portraits LUMAS
2016 Open Exhibition
2016 Open Exhibition
Anthony Gordon, Blake Horsley, Bret Culp, Brian Johnston and 24 more Carl Hanninen, Chris Hominuk, Claudio Bacinello, Colin Teatro, David Nardi, Eppi Sukhu, Gillian Horgan, Hal Halli, Isaiah Trickey, Jeff Turner, Jessica Lin, Jessica Lutz, Joe Calleja, Jonathan Barrie, Joseph Amaral, Joya Paul, Kalmplex, Kyle Edwards, ManyLights, Mary Perdue, Natalia Roitman, Octavio Mota, Paul Reeves, Robert MacNeil Endurance Norman Felix Gallery c/o That Channel
2016 Open Exhibition
Abigail Lomboy, Antonio Giacchetti, Benny Hunter, Farihah Shah and 5 more Jordan Mill, Maddie Alexander, Mara Gajic, Michael Seleski, Nicholas Aiden New Century Northern Contemporary
2016 Open Exhibition
Aidan, Audrey, Bruno, Henry and 7 more Jeremy, Josie, Jude, Nyla, Raz, Sadie, Sonny Visionary Mammals Rawlicious
2016 Open Exhibition
Cassondra Barnaby, Nani Bell Gonawabi, Columpa Bobb, Lindsey Bond and 17 more Jon Cada, Liam Coo, Shifra Cooper, Iehente Foote, Alana Forslund, Braiden Houle, Eli Howard, Zoe Jenkins, Aaron Leon, Kelty McKerracher, Jackie Omstead, Jamie Oshkabewisens, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Nikki Shaffeeullah, Dylan Tate-Howarth, Sasha Tate-Howarth, Arie van de Ven Terrain of Thought The Ground Floor
2016 Open Exhibition
2016 Special Project
2016 Artist Talk
2016 Artist Talk
2016 Artist Talk
Margarita Macdonald, Linda Briskin, Kye Marshall, Eliza Moore and 10 more James Sutherland, Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu, Chris Blanchenot, Keith Davidson, Dennis Duncan, Sirus Azadi, Sylvia Galbraith, Ulla Djelweh, Ted Scott, Alexa Phillips Ellipsis, Pt. 2 Gallery 1313
2016 Artist Talk
Jack Martin, Nicole Croiset, Hugh McBride, Dean Bradley and 10 more Robert Teteruck, Sandy Middleton, Daniel He, Annie Tong, Atia Pokorny, Trevor Ydreos, Victor Mayes, Victor McLaren, Carlos Gárate, Tobi Asmoucha Ellipsis Gallery 1313
2016 Artist Talk
2016 Artist Talk
2016 Screening
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