Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

2015: No Boundaries

Ten years ago the Festival’s first thematic focus raised a question that has been contemplated since the creation of the medium: are photographs truthful representations? Today this question remains contentious, as photography’s relationship to reality persistently transforms. While evolving technologies have resulted in irrevocable changes in the way images are created and viewed, efforts to stabilize their role and function are increasingly complex and all the more superfluous. In recent years, the debate concerning the veracity of the photograph has developed into questioning the medium itself: what is photography today? The fact that this question has so many possible answers reflects an ever-expanding engagement with photography. In essence, it is both a profound means of expression and an everyday obsession that informs how life is explained, understood, experienced, and remembered. As innovative manifestations of photography continue to emerge, the time-honoured practices that ground them acquire momentum and simultaneously evolve. Breaking away from the framing of a specific thematic narrative, CONTACT 2015 celebrates photography as a medium without boundaries.

This year’s Festival presents a spectrum of Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations, drawn together to exemplify the extraordinary breadth and scope of photo-based imagery today. Collaborating with partners across Toronto, this succession of shows includes some of the earliest examples of photographic documentation, as well as recently commissioned images shown for the first time. Although the projects embody more than 170 years of the practice and highly disparate philosophical and technical concerns, several common threads bind them together.

On buildings, billboards, and subway platforms or in major museums and galleries, the images in this year’s Festival  transform the experience of the city. Painterly or sculptural, abstract or representational, still or moving, ephemeral or enduring, each of them are innovations of photography, regardless of whether they were captured by a camera, cut from a magazine, output by a computer, exposed under the sun, or printed in a darkroom. Throughout the month of May in Toronto, CONTACT has no boundaries.

Bonnie Rubenstein
Artistic Director

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2015 Primary Exhibition
  A Space Gallery
2015 Primary Exhibition
  BAND Gallery
2015 Primary Exhibition
  CONTACT Gallery
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Edward Day Gallery
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Gallery TPW
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Royal Ontario Museum
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2015 Primary Exhibition
  Scrap Metal
2015 Primary Exhibition
  The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2015 Primary Exhibition
  University of Toronto Art Centre
2015 Public Installation
  Art Metropole
2015 Public Installation
  Billboards at Front St W at Spadina Ave, and across Canada
2015 Public Installation
  Billboards at Lansdowne and College
2015 Public Installation
  Brookfield Place
2015 Public Installation
  The Drake Hotel
2015 Public Installation
  Metro Hall
2015 Public Installation
  MOCCA Courtyard & Alcove
2015 Public Installation
  Ryerson Image Centre
2015 Public Installation
  The Power Plant
2015 Public Installation
  Union Station Vitrines - VIA Rail Concourse
2015 Public Installation
  Union Station, West Wing - PROJECT CANCELLED
2015 Public Installation
  Westin Harbour Castle
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Alison Milne Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Alliance Française Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Angell Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Arsenal Contemporary Toronto
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Bau-Xi Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Birch Contemporary
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Campbell House Museum
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Clint Roenisch Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Corkin Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Daniel Faria Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Dylan Ellis Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel - 3rd & 4th Fl
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Harbourfront Centre
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Katzman Contemporary
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Koffler Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Nicholas Metivier Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Nikola Rukaj Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Olga Korper Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  O'Born Contemporary
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain @ Centre Space
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Ryerson Artspace
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  Gardiner Museum
2015 Featured Exhibition
  TIFF Bell Lightbox - CIBC Canadian Film Gallery
2015 Featured Exhibition
  TYPOLOGY Projects
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  99 Sudbury
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Akasha Art Projects Inc.
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Album Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Analogue Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Archive
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Articsok Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Artisans At Work
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Gibraltar Point
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Artworld Fine Art Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Art Square Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Baka Gallery Cafe
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Berenson Fine Art
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Boxcar Social
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  bulthaup Toronto
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  CBC building
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Charlotte Hale & Associates
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Church of the Holy Trinity
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  CNIB Centre
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Coldstream Fine Art
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Story Arts Centre
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Dale M Reid Photography Studio
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Daniels Spectrum
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Daniels Spectrum
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  David Crombie Park
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  David Kaye Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  David Lynch Foundation of Canada, The
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Distillery Fluevog Store
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Dylan Ellis Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  El Almacen
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  First Canadian Place
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Galleria 814
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery Arcturus
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Gina Godfrey Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Goethe-Institut
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  OCAD University
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Hang Loose Media
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Harry Rosen
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  IDO Art Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Industrial Storm
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  IX Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Jet Fuel
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  John B. Aird Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Agora Café
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - ARTiculations
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Axis Gallery & Grill
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Bricco Kitchen And Wine Bar
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Coolearth Architecture Inc.
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Cut the Cheese
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Kaffebar
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Kingsway Chiropractic
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Latitude 44
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Opticianado
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Pandemonium
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Pekota
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Phillipa C. Photography
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - The Sewing Junction
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Vesuvio's Pizzeria and Spaghetti House
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - West Toronto Paint
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Leonardo Galleries
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Lonsdale Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Loop Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Loop Hole
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Manic Coffee
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Markham Museum
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  MaRS
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Miles Nadal JCC
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Norman Felix Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  North York Central Library
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Continuing Studies Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  OMG Baked Goodness
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Open Space Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Common Sort
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Community 54
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Elevator
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Food And Liquor
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Glory of India Roti Cuisine
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - JR's Natural Health and Bulk
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Tibet Hair & Beauty Salon Inc.
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Tibetan Emporium and Entertainment
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parkdale Village - Wind Grove Interiors
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Parts Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Paul Hahn & Co.
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Pawsway
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Pikto Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Project Gallery Toronto
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Propeller Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  QSQ/OCULUS arts
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Arepa Café
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Cabinet Salon
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Gafas Optical
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Grasslands Restaurant
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - Queen Mother Cafe
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - The Rex Hotel
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen St West - The Rivoli
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Runnymede Public Library
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada / SHA Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Speakeasy 21
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  StackLab Studio
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  The Bata Shoe Museum
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Black Cat Artspace
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Elaine Fleck Gallery
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  The Great Escape Book Store
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  The Production House Building - REVPRINT STUDIO 205
2015 Open Call Exhibition
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Toronto Camera Club
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Trinity Bellwoods BIA
2015 Open Call Exhibition
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  UTAC Art Lounge
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Vistek
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Vistek Mississauga
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Walnut Contemporary
2015 Open Call Exhibition
  Yonge-University Line, TTC Subway Cars
2015 contact-gallery
  CONTACT Gallery
2015 contact-gallery
  CONTACT Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  Alison Milne Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  BAND Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  Clint Roenisch Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  CONTACT Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  The Drake Hotel
2015 Artist Talk
  Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation
2015 Artist Talk
  Dylan Ellis Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  Dylan Ellis Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  Gallery 44
2015 Artist Talk
  Lonsdale Gallery
2015 Artist Talk
  The McMichael
2015 Artist Talk
  MOCCA Courtyard & Alcove
2015 Artist Talk
  O'Born Contemporary
2015 lecture
  Royal Ontario Museum
2015 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Artspace
2015 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Image Centre
2015 Artist Talk
  Ryerson University
2015 Artist Talk
  Ryerson University
2015 lecture
  Shopify
2015 lecture
  Shopify
2015 lecture
  Shopify
2015 lecture
  Shopify
2015 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor Street
2015 lecture
  The Randolph Theatre
2015 Artist Talk
  University of Toronto Art Centre
2015 Artist Talk
  University of Toronto Art Centre
2015 Launch
  Art Metropole
2015 Launch
  Gallery TPW
2015 Launch
  Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
2015 Launch
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2015 screening
  Gladstone Hotel
2015 screening
  Hart House Theatre
2015 screening
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2015 Workshop
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2015 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2015 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2015 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2015 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2015 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2015 Workshop
  Vistek
2015 Tour
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2015 Tour
  Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation
2015 Tour
  Ryerson Image Centre
2015 Tour
  TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library
2015 Event
  CONTACT Gallery
2015 Event
  Royal Ontario Museum
2015 Event
  Royal Ontario Museum
2015 Event
  Vistek