Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
David Maurice Smith, Pyin Gi Village, Tanintharyi, Myanmar. January 3, 2015. A woman carries recently purchased fish on her head at the morning fish market at Pyin Gi Village. Villages like Pyin Gi face an uncertain future as the development of the massive DSEZ (Dawei Special Economic Zone) deep sea port will impact the area on many levels. The project will turn an area filled with villages like Pyin Gi into the largest petrochemical facility and deep sea port in Southeast Asia. Courtesy of Oculi.
David Maurice Smith, Pyin Gi Village, Tanintharyi, Myanmar. January 3, 2015. A woman carries recently purchased fish on her head at the morning fish market at Pyin Gi Village. Villages like Pyin Gi face an uncertain future as the development of the massive DSEZ (Dawei Special Economic Zone) deep sea port will impact the area on many levels. The project will turn an area filled with villages like Pyin Gi into the largest petrochemical facility and deep sea port in Southeast Asia. Courtesy of Oculi.
Paula Bronstein, LESBOS, GREECE-OCTOBER 28: An Iraqi man peers through the high fence of a registration area at Moria camp where thousands of refugees wait for days to get their paperwork done so they can move on. Cold weather and rough seas have done little to curb the endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or poverty trying to get to Europe. More than a million people reached Europe in 2015 in the continent's largest refugee influx since the end of World War II. Nearly all of those entering Greece on a boat from Turkey are from the war zones of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Courtesy of Getty Images.
Paula Bronstein, LESBOS, GREECE-OCTOBER 28: An Iraqi man peers through the high fence of a registration area at Moria camp where thousands of refugees wait for days to get their paperwork done so they can move on. Cold weather and rough seas have done little to curb the endless flow of desperate people fleeing war or poverty trying to get to Europe. More than a million people reached Europe in 2015 in the continent's largest refugee influx since the end of World War II. Nearly all of those entering Greece on a boat from Turkey are from the war zones of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Courtesy of Getty Images.
A photograph by Jake Naughton installed at 56 Kensington Avenue, Toronto, Photo: Benjamin Petit
A photograph by Jake Naughton installed at 56 Kensington Avenue, Toronto, Photo: Benjamin Petit
A photograph by Ben Lowy installed in front of 8eleven Gallery at 233 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. , Photo: Benjamin Petit
A photograph by Ben Lowy installed in front of 8eleven Gallery at 233 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. , Photo: Benjamin Petit
A photograph by Sim Chi Yin installed at 173 R Baldwin Street, Toronto. , Photo: Benjamin Petit
A photograph by Sim Chi Yin installed at 173 R Baldwin Street, Toronto. , Photo: Benjamin Petit
2016 Public Installation

Group Exhibition
#Dysturb

May 1–31, 2016
Kensington Market
Kensington Market
Artists Hugo Aymar
Daniel Berehulak
Paula Bronstein
Sim Chi-Yin
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 is a collective of freelance photojournalists who take current, international news stories to the streets. Through an emphatic intervention into public space, this network of professionals exposes the general public to global issues by installing large-format photographs guerrilla-style on the walls of city hubs. Co-founded by Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette, #Dysturb first occupied the streets of Paris, and subsequently major cities including New York City and Melbourne. The collective operates independently of the conventions and restrictions of traditional news publishing outlets, and its urban takeovers provide an alternative context to raise awareness and disseminate information about world events.

Presenting recent images by 20 photojournalists from across the globe, #Dysturb’s Toronto iteration makes visible such stories as the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America, the various waves of turmoil in Nigeria, and the fragile social context in Cuba, among others. #Dysturb’s life-size photographic murals, accompanied by explanatory captions, confront passersby and provide unexpected physical encounters with challenging subjects. Reproduced in black and white and printed on thin matte paper that mimics the look and feel of newsprint, the images contrast significantly with the colourful advertising often found in the urban landscape. Installed in the bustling Kensington Market and Chinatown area—a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood where nearly everything happens out in the streets—this project creates a public forum for discussion and engagement with the community. In these publicly accessible locations, photojournalists share images that otherwise might go unnoticed on fast-paced mass media platforms. While low-cost cameras, citizen-generated images, and small media budgets continue to affect the industry, #Dysturb offers an alternative method for circulating personal visual testimonies.

For full map of locations visit: dysturb.com/event/dysturb-contact-instagram

Organized with The Kensington Market BIA and Studio 223A. Special thanks to 4 Life Natural Foods, 8eleven, Cold Tea, and Kind Supply. 

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.