Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

2013: Field of Vision

Exploring the photographic medium as a way of seeing, this year’s Festival theme, Field of Vision, frames a series of primary exhibitions and public installations. In museums and galleries, on city streets and subway platforms, these presentations reveal a shared interest in photography as a visual paradigm, one that structures how we imagine scenes, places, and events. Working closely with our partners across Toronto, we explore the medium’s history and its current manifestations. While many projects are the result of expansive, long-term investigations, others are newly commissioned, site-specific works. CONTACT 2013 situates photography as an expansion of sight, where the camera’s field of view extends the eye’s field of vision.

Artists herald new directions, whether in the form of an exceptional idea, an impossible-seeming image, or a circumstance radically re-considered. Photographs allow us a privileged view of what we might not otherwise see, an idea conveyed through Sebastião Salgado’s landmark exhibition Genesis, which presents a sweeping examination of untouched regions. Andrew Wright’s imaginative experiments with form and photographic technologies come together to reveal an unexpected perspective on land, sea, and sky alike. Extending the focus on natural phenomena while taking us into the realm of spirits, Sara Angelucci draws on archival photographs to create evocative works echoing lost histories.

Photographic archives open a dialogue with the past. A glimpse into the Archive of Modern Conflict’s collection, arranged in evocative groupings of images that date back to the beginnings of photography, challenges us to engage with history in unfamiliar terms. Bringing the issue of the archive into the technological present, Erik Kessels’ immersive installation stages an encounter with images that confronts how their ubiquity online transforms the sense of the world we access through our computer screens. With her mural project, Ilit Azoulay adopts an archival method to turn photographs of curiosities found at a demolition site into a historically rich montage. Photographic technology often manifests social effects and has a critical past of its own; Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s billboards confront the racialized history of images used to calibrate skin tone.

Artists activate photography’s ability to shape how we imagine another person’s perspective on the world. Depicting the essential yet typically hidden qualities of those captured by the camera, Jason Evans presents portraits of Art Gallery of Ontario employees at play in the museum. Also highlighting the interplay between the photographer and subject, Light My Fire follows the trajectory of a collection that grew out of a focus on the genre of portraiture. The photographer’s characteristic ways of seeing are explicit in the portraits by two exceptional visionaries who passed away recently: the artist Arnaud Maggs and the experimental filmmaker Chris Marker. They leave behind bodies of work whose scope makes apparent photography’s role as a visual archive of social history, and a record of an individual’s life.

Through photography, artists envision scenes we might never encounter, sometimes because they literally do not exist. James Nizam’s Pyramid, an ethereal, site-specific image constructed through multiple exposure, suggests that a luminescent sculpture once floated in thin air. The power of the photograph to evince what we cannot see is evoked by Michael Schirner’s works, which use the stark language of the descriptive caption to picture iconic photographs in words. Michael Snow’s The Viewing of Six New Works animates the subtle movements a viewer might make when looking at images, alluding to the metaphor of photography as “writing with light.” Exploring the unseen spaces of the city’s infrastructure, Michael Cook and Andrew Emond delve into Toronto’s underground to expose its hidden passages. Arthur S. Goss’ photographs provide historical context through their bureaucratic yet idiosyncratic approach to envisioning civic life. Photography can influence the ways we observe and interact with our surroundings. Martin Parr focuses on the everyday, activating two public sites with humour and irony while exposing our cultural peculiarities through images of the foods we eat.

Engaging current discourse about the function of images in society, this year’s Festival encompasses a range of approaches to photography. Considering how the photographic frame extends sight, these exhibitions and installations trace our encounters with images, asserting that the medium is a profound means of shaping our ways of being. Demonstrating an ongoing obsession with seeing our world in images, all-the-more prevalent in the digital age, Field of Vision reflects an enduring interest in photo-based practices. Photography is fundamental to seeing and sharing knowledge of ourselves and others across contexts that extend well beyond the physical environment our eyes can perceive.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

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2013 Primary Exhibition
  AGYU
2013 Primary Exhibition
  CONTACT Gallery
2013 Primary Exhibition
  Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2013 Primary Exhibition
  The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2013 Primary Exhibition
  Royal Ontario Museum
2013 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2013 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2013 Primary Exhibition
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2013 Primary Exhibition
  University of Toronto Art Centre
2013 Public Installation
  AGO
2013 Public Installation
  Billboards along Dundas St W and Across Canada
2013 Public Installation
  Billboards at Front St W at Spadina Ave, and across Canada
2013 Public Installation
  Brookfield Place
2013 Public Installation
  Metro Hall
2013 Public Installation
  Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, courtyard
2013 Public Installation
  St. Patrick Subway Station Posters and LCD Screens in 63 stations
2013 Public Installation
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2013 Public Installation
  Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Alliance Française Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Angell Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Bau-Xi Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Beaver Hall Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Birch Libralato
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Campbell House Museum
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Circuit Gallery (Presented at Gallery 345)
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Corkin Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Corkin Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Daniel Faria Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  De Luca Fine Art Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Erin Stump Projects
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel - 3rd & 4th Fl
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Harbourfront Centre
2013 Featured Exhibition
  I.M.A. Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Julie M. Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Katzman Kamen Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Nicholas Metivier Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Nikola Rukaj Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Olga Korper Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  O'Born Contemporary
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Pari Nadimi Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Royal Ontario Museum
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  The Riverdale Hub Community Art Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Toronto Image Works Gallery
2013 Featured Exhibition
  UTAC Art Lounge
2013 Featured Exhibition
  Vtape
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  401 Richmond
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  627 Queen West
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Akasha Art Projects
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Alison Milne Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Analogue Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Arcadia Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Arneau Blax
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Aroma Espresso Bar
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Arts Etobicoke
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  A&C Pop-Up
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Baycrest Health Sciences – Winter Garden Court
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Berenson Fine Art
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Bezpala Brown Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Billboards at Jane St & Finch Ave
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Blowfish
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Burroughes
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Burroughes
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Café Bernate
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Casa De Azores
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  City of Toronto Archives
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Commons (Lobby), Ryerson School of Image Arts
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Communication Art Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Consulate General of Portugal in Toronto
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Creative Village Studios
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  David Crombie Park
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Deconism Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Distillery Historic District – Balzac's Coffee
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Julie M. Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Distillery Historic District – Le Laboratoire d'art - le labo inc.
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Distillery Historic District – Pikto
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  PROOF Studio Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Duke's Cycle
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Edward Day Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Elaine Fleck Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  El Almacen
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Evergreen Brick Works
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Galleria 814
2013 Open Call Exhibition
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 133
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 345
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery Gabor
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  gallerywest
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Geary Avenue Parkette
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  George Brown College – School of Design
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  German Consulate Toronto
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  German Consulate Toronto
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel – Art Bar
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Goodfellas Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Goodfellas Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Grapefruit Moon
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Hangman Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Hangman Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  HGB Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Hula Girl Espresso Boutique
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  INDEXG
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  IX Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  KUMF Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  La Boheme
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Lomography Gallery Store
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Main Street Inn
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Mark Christopher Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Miles Nadal JCC
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  MJG Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Montessori Jewish Day School
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Montgomery's Inn
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  M*2
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Neubacher Shor Contemporary
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Open Architects Inc.
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Open Studio
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Oz Studios
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Community Health Centre
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – Boutique Café
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – Chartreuse Style
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Common Sort
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – Go Lounge
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – Ground Level Café
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – My Roll Life
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC)
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – West End Comics
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village BIA – West End Food Co-op
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Patrick International Fine Art
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Paul Hahn & Co.
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Picnic at Home
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Promenade Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Cabinet Salon
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Queen Mother Cafe
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - The Rex Hotel
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - The Rivoli
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen Street West BIA – Tequila Bookworm
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Zeidler Partnership Architects
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Red Rocket Café
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Revue Cinema
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  RJ Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Rosedale Diner
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Shopgirls Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  SilverStone Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Studio 7 - Charlotte Hale & Associates
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction – Academy of Realist Art
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Agora Café
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - ARTiculations
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Axis Gallery & Grill
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction Century 21 Fine Living Realty
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Coolearth Architecture Inc.
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction – Eclectic Revival
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction – Equilibrium Furnishings
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction - Formula Canada Cleaning Supplies
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Kingsway Chiropractic
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Latitude 44
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Opticianado
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Pandemonium
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Phillipa C. Photography
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction – Post and Beam
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction – Telephone Booth Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  The Junction – The Beet
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Vesuvio's Pizzeria and Spaghetti House
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - The Rivoli
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Todmorden Mills Art Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Tradedart
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Trinity Bellwoods on Dundas c/o Comrags
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Twist Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Unpack Studio
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  UrbanArts
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Utopia Café and Grill
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Vistek
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Vistek Mississauga
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  V. Tony Hauser Studio / Gallery
2013 Open Call Exhibition
  Workman Arts
2013 contact-gallery
  CONTACT Gallery
2013 lecture
  Beaver Hall Gallery
2013 lecture
  Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
2013 lecture
  Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
2013 Artist Talk
  Gladstone Hotel – Art Bar
2013 lecture
  Royal Ontario Museum
2013 lecture
  Royal Ontario Museum
2013 lecture
  Ryerson University
2013 lecture
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2013 lecture
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2013 Artist Talk
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2013 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor St, Cody Hall
2013 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor St, Cody Hall
2013 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor St, Cody Hall
2013 lecture
  University of Toronto Art Centre
2013 Artist Talk
  Vistek
2013 Launch
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2013 screening
  AGO
2013 Film
  Hot Docs
2013 Film
  Hot Docs
2013 Film
  Hot Docs
2013 Film
  Hot Docs
2013 Film
  Hot Docs
2013 screening
  Instituto Italiano di Cultura
2013 screening
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2013 Workshop
  Campbell House Museum
2013 Workshop
  Centennial College Riverdale Campus
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2013 Workshop
  Rogers Publishing
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Workshop
  Vistek
2013 Tour
  Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, courtyard
2013 Tour
  Ryerson Image Centre
2013 Event
  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
2013 Event
  Campbell House Museum
2013 Event
  Dundas St W at Pacific Ave
2013 Event
  Silverline Studios