Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Ruth Kaplan, Faith Impact Ministry, Toronto, 2011
Ruth Kaplan, Faith Impact Ministry, Toronto
Ruth Kaplan, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Ruth Kaplan, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
Alyssa Bistonath, Death and Taxes, 2010, from the series
Alyssa Bistonath, Death and Taxes
Alyssa Bistonath, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Alyssa Bistonath, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
Brent Lewin, Waste, Ingram Transfer Station, Toronto, 2009, from the series
Brent Lewin, Waste, Ingram Transfer Station, Toronto
Brent Lewin, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Brent Lewin, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
Robert Poulton, The Tailor, 2011
Robert Poulton, The Tailor
Robert Poulton, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Robert Poulton, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Untitled (TTC rider), 2010
Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Untitled (TTC rider)
Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
Debra Friedman, Shirley and Charmaine, Toronto, 2011
Debra Friedman, Shirley and Charmaine, Toronto
Debra Friedman, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Debra Friedman, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
Open call participant, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together, 2012 Image credit Toni Hafkenscheid
Open call participant, Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together
2012 Public Installation

Group Exhibition
Contacting Toronto: We’re in this Together

May 1–31, 2012
TTC LCD Screens & Subway Station Posters
Artists Alyssa Bistonath
Ruth Kaplan
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Brent Lewin
Debra Friedman
Robert Poulton

Presented throughout the TTC, this two-part project opens up a dialogue about Toronto. We’re in this Together suggests a number of different themes: personal relationships, the city’s myriad and ever-shifting communities, current political and economic realities, geographical boundaries, or ecological uncertainties.

The subway platform posters will feature a curated selection of work by six Toronto-based photographers, each with unique views of the city’s strengths and weaknesses, its beauty, and its secrets. Reflecting on its multiplicity, each artist presents work that connects to the concept of community in different ways. Alyssa Bistonath’s portraiture exudes warmth and shared intimacy; Ruth Kaplan takes pictures of people living within communities of acceptance; Aaron Vincent Elkaim’s documentary practice illuminates but does not define the people he photographs; Brent Lewin makes images about social issues and cultural conditions; Debra Friedman’s figures bestow profound meaning on their surroundings; and Robert Poulton makes photographs that focus on cultural transitions.

The LCD screens will showcase photos submitted by the public in response to an open call asking Torontonians to consider what We’re in this Together means to them. For the month of May, the selected images will be seen at over 300 locations across the TTC, a different photo being featured once every five minutes throughout the day. We’re in this Together allows us all to share our impressions about what it’s like to live in Toronto. Images can be submitted to the Contacting Toronto group on Flickr until May 30.

Dedicated screens: Bloor (N & S platform), St Andrew (S platform), Dundas (S platform) May 1- 8

Co-produced by Pattison/Onestop and Art for Commuters, in partnership with CONTACT. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Curated by Sharon Switzer

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.