Photography is a vital means of communicating the distinguishing characteristics of people, and demonstrating both the objective and subjective reality of objects and sites. The construction of identity is deeply connected to the taking and viewing of photographs, now more than ever within our hypermediated culture. Regardless of the processes…

Photography is a vital means of communicating the distinguishing characteristics of people, and demonstrating both the objective and subjective reality of objects and sites. The construction of identity is deeply connected to the taking and viewing of photographs, now more than ever within our hypermediated culture. Regardless of the processes employed in their production, photographic images convey genuine external traits, conditions of sameness, and situational differences. They influence human behaviour and the ways in which we adapt within and respond to the world around us.

CONTACT’s 2014 thematic programming highlights the relationship between identity and photography by focusing on images that explore individual and collective attributes. The Festival’s Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations include photo-based works by Canadian and international artists, both emerging and established, that address issues of character, nationality, migration, race, class, gender, feminism, masculinity, and sexuality. While some artists create scenes that represent intimate aspects of themselves and their subjects, others take a documentary approach to describe shared concerns and provoke questions. Each of them emphasizes the power of photographs to influence a physical and psychological identification with people, places, and things, while acknowledging the complex and mutable character of their subjects. Through a variety of practices, the artists and their photographs assert their own idiosyncratic identity and elicit an emotional association that is both outwardly influential and internally processed by viewers.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

2014 Primary Exhibition
Scott McFarland, Pavilion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Jean Sibelius Square Park, June 10, 2012, Toronto, 2013 Courtesy of the artist
AGO
May 14–August 10,  2014

Scott McFarland
Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs

2014 Primary Exhibition
Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife on Sunday Morning, Fort Scott, Kansas, 1949 Copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation. Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation.
April 25–August 3,  2014

Gordon Parks
Portraits

2014 Primary Exhibition
Rob Hornstra, The Beach, Adler, Sochi Region, 2011  © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery. From: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013)
May 1–31,  2014

Arnold van Bruggen, Rob Hornstra
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

2014 Primary Exhibition
Rebecca Belmore, Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother, 1991 Courtesy of Walter Philips Gallery, The Banff Centre
May 15–August 9,  2014

Rebecca Belmore
KWE

2014 Primary Exhibition
Richard Harrington, A "Norseman" plane arrives in dim arctic light, Coppermine, NWT, 1949 © Estate of Richard Harrington / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery
May 3–June 1,  2014

Group Exhibition
Arctic Exposure: Photographs of Canada’s North

2014 Primary Exhibition
Steve Payne, Bay Roberts, from False Fronts, 2010
May 8–July 26,  2014

Steve Payne
False Fronts

2014 Primary Exhibition
Michael Awad, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (detail), 2014 Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery
May 3–September 28,  2014

Michael Awad
The Entire City Project: Royal Ontario Museum

2014 Primary Exhibition
Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1974 Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Victoria Miro, London
May 1–June 1,  2014

Stan Douglas
Scotiabank Photography Award

2014 Primary Exhibition
Zanele Muholi, Zanele Muholi, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011 © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg
May 1–June 1,  2014

Zanele Muholi
Faces and Phases

2014 Primary Exhibition
Fan Xi, Up Front, 2012
April 29–June 28,  2014

Group Exhibition
Through The Body: Lens-Based Works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

2014 Public Installation
Owen Kydd, Window Study, 2013 Courtesy of the artist
April 30–May 30,  2014

Owen Kydd
Retail Compositions

2014 Public Installation
Richard Renaldi, Naomi and Bruce, New York, 2011
April 30–June 1,  2014

Richard Renaldi
Touching Strangers

2014 Public Installation
Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, The Same Problem 5, 2014
May 1–June 1,  2014

Aleesa Cohene, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
The Same Problem 5

2014 Public Installation
Images pulled from the Toronto Reference Library's Picture collection, ,
May 5–30,  2014

Annie MacDonell
Pictures Become Objects, Objects Become Events

2014 Juried Call
Ben Freedman, Dear Departed: Plate #3, 2013
May 15–June 29,  2014

Joy and Sorrow: Photographs and Films by Elisa Julia Gilmour and Ben Freedman

2014 Juried Call
Virginia Mak, Character Reference 05, 2010 Virginia Mak/Bau-Xi Photo
May 1–31,  2014

Virginia Mak
Character Reference

2014 Juried Call
Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann, Gata, 2012
May 1–31,  2014

Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann
Colectivo & Paisajes Diversos

2014 Juried Call
Nadia Belerique, The Archer 3, 2014
May 1–June 7,  2014

Nadia Belerique
Have You Seen This Man

2014 Juried Call
Jérôme Nadeau, RUINS, 2013
May 2–June 7,  2014

Jérôme Nadeau
Ruins

2014 Juried Call
Sheree Hovsepian, Untitled #93 from Haptic Wonders series, 2012 courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery
May 2–June 7,  2014

Sheree Hovsepian
Soft Landing

2014 Juried Call
Tris Vonna-Michell, A Watermark: Capitol Complex from the work Capitol Complex, 2014 courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
May 10–June 7,  2014

Tris Vonna-Michell
Capitol Complex

2014 Juried Call
Alice Dixon, Untitled, When Rivers Run Dry, 2009/2014
May 1–31,  2014

Alice Dixon
To Come to Earth Again

2014 Juried Call
Max Dean, Studio Sketches, 2014
April 12–June 15,  2014

Max Dean
I’m Late, I’m Late: Part Puzzle, Part Game

2014 Juried Call
Elaine Chan-Dow, Libraria, 1. Toronto, 2011
April 25–May 30,  2014

Elaine Chan-Dow
Libraria: The Evolution of Literary Spaces

2014 Juried Call
Saman Aghvami, Arash: Painter and Illustrator, 2012
April 30–May 24,  2014

Saman Aghvami
I’m Not There

2014 Juried Call
Adad Hannah, Sally In Albany, HD video, 5mins 34s, 2010
April 24–June 8,  2014

Adad Hannah
Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953)

2014 Juried Call
Joan Kaufman, Cloud Cover 1.1, 2013
May 1–June 1,  2014

Joan Kaufman
Cloud Cover

2014 Juried Call
Becky Comber, Banff Sky, from the series Broken Horizons, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Becky Comber
Broken Horizons

2014 Juried Call
Ernie Paniccioli, BIGGIE in his Jeep, 1996
May 1–31,  2014

Group Exhibition
40 Years. An Exhibition of Hip Hop Portraits

2014 Juried Call
Max Allen, Streetscape of 42nd St in New York City, 1979 Marc S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies Sexual Representation Collection
April 29–June 28,  2014

Archiving Public Sex

2014 Open Call
Jasper Savage , Oddity, 2013
May 1–14,  2014

Jennifer Leigh Saunders, Jasper Savage
Unconditional

2014 Open Call
Sandy Baron, Umbra, 2013
May 16–28,  2014

Sandy Baron
HyperStrata

2014 Open Call
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May 2–15,  2014

Group Exhibition
The Dark Room 3.0

2014 Open Call
Osheen Harruthoonyan, Pour Étienne et son ciel, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Group Exhibition
The Purists/The Manipulators

2014 Open Call
Danny Clinch, Tupac, 1993
May 1–June 15,  2014

Group Exhibition
PUNK vs RAP

2014 Open Call
Derek Shapton, Petals, 2013
May 7–June 30,  2014

Derek Shapton
#conditions

2014 Open Call
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May 3–31,  2014

Flavia Schuster
Admissions Ward

2014 Open Call
Marie Heintzman, Cheetah 01, Zambia, 2014
May 2–18,  2014

Group Exhibition
Lookout Into My World

2014 Open Call
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May 1–July 18,  2014

Group Exhibition
Inside Scoop: Youth Re-envision the Village of Islington

2014 Open Call
Levent Erutku, La Lupi...Cantiñas, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Levent Erutku
Flamenco With No Borders: From Andalucia to Canada

2014 Open Call
ANDREW MACNAUGHTAN, 1964-2012, Sam Roberts, Backstage at Live 8 - Barrie ON, 2005
May 6–19,  2014

Group Exhibition
Stoking the Star Maker Machinery Behind the Popular Songs

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Iskou-Hee
Tree Portraits

2014 Open Call
Michel Huneault, Venise en Québec no1, 2011
May 1–28,  2014

Valerian Mazataud, Michel Huneault
Ici et là

2014 Open Call
Aleksandar Antonijevic , Nadine, 2013
May 1–29,  2014

Aleksandar Antonijevic
Till We Meet Again, A Love Letter

2014 Open Call
Nicolett Jakab, Urban Landscapes #1, 2012
May 1–31,  2014

Nikolett Jakab
Urban Landscapes

2014 Open Call
Matthew Kudelka, Dancers 389, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Matthew Kudelka
Crowds and Dancers

2014 Open Call
Alice Zilberberg , Untitled, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Group Exhibition
Instant Stints of Intervals

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Better with Age: 35th Anniversary Show

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Laura Dittmann, Jacques Fortier, Jim Adams
Stories from The Esplanade

2014 Open Call
David Zapparoli, Lord Dufferin P.S. Graduation, 1990
May 8–June 12,  2014

Group Exhibition
I HeART Regent Park

2014 Open Call
Juli Lyons, Blue, 2014
May 1–31,  2014

Juli Lyons
Arripare: To Touch The Shore

2014 Open Call
Scott Ross, Laundry Day, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Scott Ross
Gratitude

2014 Open Call
Sayuri (PCI Student), The Coffee Break, 2013
May 2–31,  2014

Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students
Parkdale Village BIA

2014 Open Call
Abel Lin, Passion, 2014
May 1–31,  2014

Abel Lin
Flamenco

2014 Open Call
Matthew Kudelka, Midway 285, 2013
April 30–June 2,  2014

Matthew Kudelka
Midway

2014 Open Call
Ela Kurowska, Life-able, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Ela Kurowska
Origins

2014 Open Call
Linda Briskin, from Dance in Three Movements, 2014
May 14–25,  2014

Group Exhibition
DNA

2014 Open Call
Brenda Hoffert, Arched Rock - Blue, 2014
May 5–18,  2014

Brenda Hoffert
China: Back to the Future

2014 Open Call
Javier Lovera , Edwin - Djembe Drummer,
May 1–31,  2014

The Faces of Kensington

2014 Open Call
Aaron Jones, Two Fists, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Zalucky Contemporary.
May 3–June 14,  2014

Joan Cullen, Dominique Cruchet
Crossing the Great Waters

2014 Open Call
Myron Zabol, Lily #1, 2002
May 3–31,  2014

Myron Zabol
78/46

2014 Open Call
Hitoshi Murakami, Instagratification, 2013
May 1–21,  2014

Group Exhibition
Instagratification

2014 Open Call
Chloé Norman, Fold, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Laura Huddart, Chloé Norman, Monika Wahba
Wading Waiting

2014 Open Call
Stephen McNeill, Changing of the Guard, 1990
May 3–24,  2014

Stephen McNeill
Berlin Tut Gut (Berlin Is Good For You)

2014 Open Call
Vincent Luk, Dirty Laundry, 2013
May 10–31,  2014

Group Exhibition
Dirty Laundry

2014 Open Call
Harry Enchin, Ossington 1 1943/2010, 2010
May 1–31,  2014

Harry Enchin
Moments In Time

2014 Open Call
Unknown, After The Partition, 1948
May 1–31,  2014

G.P. Bathija
A Passage from India

2014 Open Call
Bonnie Whitehall and Judd Brucke, The Refuge of II Mk.I, 2014
May 1–31,  2014

Bonnie Whitehall, Judd Brucke
The Refuge of II

2014 Open Call
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May 1–June 30,  2014

Jordan J. Hay
I’ve Just Seen A Face

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Meng Fu, Lei Zhu, Hu Yang
Oriental Contemporary Photography

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Meng Fu, Lei Zhu, Hu Yang
Oriental Contemporary Photography

2014 Open Call
Chris Joakim, Isle of Eigg, 2013
May 1–June 30,  2014

Chris Joakim
Isle of Eigg

2014 Open Call
Marcus Vichert, The Bridge, 2013
May 1–21,  2014

Group Exhibition
FutureForward

2014 Open Call
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May 6–July 31,  2014

Group Exhibition
Seiji Ozawa in Toronto: A Photography Exhibition of a Young Maestro

2014 Open Call
Nigel Dickson, New Orleans #2, 2013
May 1–30,  2014

Nigel Dickson
Of Particular Interest

2014 Open Call
Artur Czyzyk, Lucy, 2013
May 3–31,  2014

Artur Czyzyk
My Hair Is Everything

2014 Open Call
Shai Kremer, World Trade Centre: Concrete Abstract #14, 2013
May 1–June 8,  2014

Deganit Berest, Shai Kremer
Beneath the Tranquility

2014 Open Call
Christine Kwan, Thums Up, 2013
May 28–June 28,  2014

Christine Kwan
Do You Remember the First Time?

2014 Open Call
Keven Nguyen, Night, 2013
May 16–25,  2014

Group Exhibition
ESA C3

2014 Open Call
Annie Truuvert, Untitled, 2014
May 1–31,  2014

Group Exhbition
Vision Quest

2014 Open Call
Clare (PCI Student), Untitled, 2013
May 2–31,  2014

Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students
Parkdale Village BIA

2014 Open Call
John Ferri, NextToYou1, 2013
May 4–31,  2014

John Ferri
Next To You

2014 Open Call
M. Fleur-Ange Lamothe, First home, detail, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Justyna Skawinska, Fleur-Ange Lamothe
True Stories

2014 Open Call
Ric Amis, The Way It Looks 10, 2011
May 1–June 8,  2014

Ric Amis
The Way It Looks

2014 Open Call
Adrian Fish, Aquaphilia #385, 2013
May 24–June 15,  2014

Adrian Fish
The Aquaphilia Project (Part III)

2014 Open Call
Rafael Goldchain , Tree 1, 2010
April 25–May 20,  2014

Rafael Goldchain
Beautifully Broken

2014 Open Call
Mark Gleberzon, Admiral, 2012
April 24–June 1,  2014

Group Exhibition
Tactuality

2014 Open Call
Vanessa Yuen, Entrance to the NY Met - NYC, 2009
May 1–14,  2014

Vanessa Yuen
A Place – A Space – A Time

2014 Open Call
Deborah Barndt, ArtStarts Mural on Revitalization of Lawrence Heights, 2013
May 1–August 31,  2014

Deborah Barndt
From Spark to Fire: A Community Arts Retrospective

2014 Open Call
Sebastián Benítez (Toronto), Hidden, 2013-2014
May 8–16,  2014

Group Exhibition
Pseudo

2014 Open Call
Barrie Wentzell, Johnny Cash, 1968
April 30–May 31,  2014

Barrie Wentzell
In Black & White

2014 Open Call
Roman Gdyczynski, Night Lights, 2013
May 1–31,  2014

Roman Gdyczynski, Margaret Gdyczynski
Engineered Landscapes

2014 Open Call
Leala Hewak, Brightview #2, pigment print, dimensions variable, 2012
May 8–14,  2014

Group Exhibition
Bright View: Z-Ro Collective presented by Flop Haus

2014 Open Call
Sattar Erfanian pour, Contemporariness, 2012
May 1–14,  2014

Group Exhibition
Iran Contemporary Photographers

2014 Open Call
Jonathan Groeneweg, 202 Carlton Garden, 2012
May 3–June 1,  2014

Jonathan Groeneweg
Roots in the Garden: New Work from The Nature of Urbanity

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Benjamin Rondel
Western Spaces

2014 Open Call
Celia Moase, Chris, 28, 2013
May 6–30,  2014

Celia Moase
Tea With Me

2014 Open Call
Clare (PCI Student), Untitled, 2013
May 2–31,  2014

Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students
Parkdale Village BIA

2014 Open Call
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May 1–31,  2014

Brittany Lucas
Light From Outside

2014 Open Call
Ryan Emberley, CANDID 1, 2012
May 21–31,  2014

Ryan Emberley, Tara Noelle
Candid

2014 Open Call
Christopher Cabral, ParisScape 1, 2008
May 1–31,  2014

Christopher Cabral
Paris Scapes

2014 Open Call
Carlie Woodworth, The Tide, 2013
May 5–25,  2014

Group Exhibition
224 Days: A Prologue

2014 Open Call
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May 2–7,  2014

Group Exhibition
Identity Crisis

2014 Open Call
Austin, untitled, 2013
May 1–30,  2014

The Grade 4 and 8 Students of the Sakatcheway Anis
My Life in 20 Pictures

2014 Open Call
Eloi (PCI Student), The Blue Bicycle, 2013
May 2–31,  2014

Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students
Parkdale Village BIA

2014 Open Call
Paula (PCI Student), Untitled, 2013
May 2–31,  2014

Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students
Parkdale Village BIA

2014 Open Call
Sayuri - PCI Student, A Casual Morning Walk, 2013
May 2–31,  2014

Parkdale Collegiate Institute Students
Parkdale Village BIA

2014 Open Call
Gariné Tcholakian, Village Life, 2010
May 6–June 30,  2014

Gariné Tcholakian
Why We Travel

2014 Open Call
Sarah Dinnick, Riviera, 2012
May 2–24,  2014

Sarah Dinnick
Shadow

2014 Open Call
snyder/keenan, I want to tell you something, 2013
May 1–30,  2014

Lucy Snyder, Anna Keenan
I See

2014 Open Call
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May 1–June 1,  2014

Julie Jenkinson
Ice Age Scotty

2014 Open Call
Martin Gros, Boxing Child, 2012
April 30–May 31,  2014

Martin Gros
The Boxing Child

2014 Open Call
Eric Weiner, 5 Men and the Mist, 2006
April 30–May 31,  2014

Eric Weiner
The Remarkable Day

2014 contact-gallery
Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Nzirambi, 2013
November 22–December 20,  2014

Johan Hallberg-Campbell
Nzirambi

2014 contact-gallery
Ian Willms, Republic of Bashkortostan region, Russia, 2013
January 23–March 7,  2014

Ian Willms
The Road to Nowhere

2014 Artist Talk
Scott McFarland, Sugar Shack, Caledon, Ontario (study 3), 2013
AGO
May 21–21,  2014

Scott McFarland

2014 Artist Talk
Tris Vonna-Michell, A Watermark: Capitol Complex from the work Capitol Complex, 2014 Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
May 10–1,  2014

Tris Vonna-Michell

2014 Artist Talk
Rebecca Belmore, Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother, 1991 Courtesy of Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre
May 25–25,  2014

Curatorial talk with Wanda Nanibush

2014 Artist Talk
Mika Goodfriend, Garage sale, 2012
April 26–26,  2014

Mika Goodfriend

2014 lecture
Jérôme Nadeau, RUINS, 2013
May 4–4,  2014

Hidden Image: Panel on Photography + Abstraction

2014 Launch
Steve Payne, Dildo, from False Fronts, 2011 Courtesy of the artist
May 8–8,  2014

Prefix Photo 29

2014 screening
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April 28–28,  2014

HOT DOCS – Mugshot

2014 screening
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April 25–25,  2014

HOT DOCS – Dress Rehearsal For An Execution

2014 screening
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May 31–31,  2014

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

2014 Workshop
,
May 26–26,  2014

Editing and Sequencing Photo Books, with Robyn York

2014 Workshop
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May 4–4,  2014

Tintype with Rob Norton

2014 Workshop
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May 10–10,  2014

Basic Black & White Photography (Darkroom) with Ruth Kaplan

2014 Workshop
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May 12–12,  2014

Advanced Colour Correction with Toni Hafkenscheid

2014 Workshop
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May 20–20,  2014

Critical Art Writing with Sky Goodden

2014 Workshop
,
May 24–24,  2014

Shooting Video with DSLR, with Kiarash Sadigh

2014 Workshop
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May 31–31,  2014

Mat Cutting & Framing 101, with Marco Buonocore

2014 Workshop
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May 31–31,  2014

Using The Right Lens

2014 Workshop
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May 3–3,  2014

Flash Photography

2014 Workshop
,
May 3–3,  2014

Photography, Business & You

2014 Workshop
,
May 17–17,  2014

Digital Printing: Tips & Tricks for Better Output

2014 Workshop
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May 31–31,  2014

From Snapshot to Photograph – Essential Photography Skills

2014 Tour
Donovan Wylie, Untitled (14), North Warning System, 2013 Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery
May 10–10,  2014

Arctic Exposure: Tour

2014 Event
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May 21–21,  2014

Photographic Historical Society of Canada 40th Anniversary Party

2014 Event
Rebecca Belmore, Sister, 2010 Courtesy of the artist
May 23–23,  2014

Rebecca Belmore: Performance

2014 Event
Radcliffe Roye, Red Cap, 2010
May 4–4,  2014

Pictures from Paradise: Panel Discussion

2014 Event
Che Kothari, Bambaataa, 2006
May 2–2,  2014

Festival Launch Afterparty @ The Gladstone

2014 Event
CoCo LaCreme Feminist Porn Awards Performance, , 2009
May 21–21,  2014

Archiving Public Sex Panel Discussion