Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Jeff Thomas, Detail of: General Store. How Do You Measure Up? from the Bear Portraits, black and white silver gelatin photograph, 50.8 x 40.64 cm
Jeff Thomas, Detail of: General Store. How Do You Measure Up? from the Bear Portraits
2008 Featured Exhibition

Jeff Thomas
Drive By

May 1–June 28, 2008
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King's College Circle, University of Toronto

Jeff Thomas’s work Drive-by will be held at
University of Toronto and Don’t Mess with the
Pediment
will be shown at the Stephen Bulger
Gallery. Thomas is well known for his studies of
“indianness,” in which he investigates the legacy
of the kneeling brave figure featured in the
original crest of the Bank of Montreal and
Canadian historical monuments, as well as the
currency of cigar store “indians,” plastic toy
warriors and souvenir shop figurines. The
exhibition Don’t Mess with the Pediment
recontextualizes historical imagery for a
contemporary audience and subverts entrenched
stereotypes of First Nations People.


Drive-by
is an installation of new and recent
works that experiments with tricks of scale and
illusions of time, causing history to collapse
into the present. In this new work Thomas frames
an Aboriginal perspective within the rearview
mirror and uses the car to circumscribe questions
of place, time, history and identity. What he
photographs out
of the car window is a drive-by shooting. This
scenario echoes back the violence that pervaded
the history of colonial settlement, but Thomas’
images are all about recovery.

The Toronto Transit Commission’s Wellesley subway
station will be the site of a public installation
of Thomas’ photographs from May 5 to June 2 during
the CONTACT Festival. “

Curated by Anna Hudson and Jeff Thomas

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

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