Portfolio Review Exhibition Award goes to Ian Willms
At the CONTACT 2013 Portfolio Reviews, Ian Willms presented two extensive documentary projects that he has been developing for the last few years. As Long as the Sun Shines looks at the effects of Canada's oil sands extraction on the residents of indigenous reserves of northern Alberta, and Why We Walk explores the Mennonites' history of pacifism and persecution by retracing their migration path across Europe.
The jury was highly impressed by Willm's intimate documentary photography focused on social issues, which is enhanced by his nuanced use of colour and evocative approach to black and white. As a result of the award, Willms will mount a solo exhibition in the CONTACT Gallery in early 2014. See his work at www.ianwillms.com
Saturday May 4 & Sunday May 5, 2013
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. W. Toronto
10am – 5pm
Curators and directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to review portfolios of established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.
This is an important event for artists with projects at advances stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally—as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice.
Saturday May 4, 7 – 9pm
Artists and photographers participating in the two day event are given the opportunity to share their work in an open forum with reviewers and invited local professionals.
Sunday May 5, 5 – 6pm
The program will conclude with a cocktail reception in the Melody Room at the Gladstone Hotel, with the annoucement of the Portfolio Reviews Award winner.
*Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure a high caliber of work is presented in this program.
The 2013 reviewers Include:
Sheyi Bankale, Founding Editor, Next Level Magazine, London
Lise Beaudry, Director, Gallery 44 – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto
Jon Davies, Assistant Curator, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Jens Friis, Assistant Director & Editor, Museet for Fotokunst & KATALOG, Odense, Denmark
Karen McQuaid, Curator, The Photographer's Gallery, London
Veronique Terrier Hermann, Founding Editor, Else Magazine, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Caroline Hunter, Deputy Photo Editor, Guardian Weekend Magazine, London
Stuart Keeler, Curator I Director, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga
Natalie Matutschovsky, Senior Photo Editor, Time Magazine, New York
Daniel Neuhaus, Photo Editor, Toronto Life, Toronto
Robert Pledge, Founder, Contact Press Images, New York
Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, CONTACT, Toronto
Aura Seikkula, Independent Curator, Helsinki
Poppy Shibamoto, Photo Editor, Monocle Magazine, London
Andrew Tolson, Photo Director, Maclean's, Toronto
Meeka Walsh, Editor, Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg