Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

2016: 20th Anniversary

Together we reflect on the last 20 years of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the innumerable encounters with images it has activated throughout the city, suspending movement and provoking imagination. Exploring paths that connect people and photographs, we have led the approach to intersections where meaningful experiences take place. The extraordinary scope of photography and its all-encompassing influence is illuminated by CONTACT, as we present a broad spectrum of work by acclaimed and emerging lens-based artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists from Canada and around the world. Pursuing innovation and site-specific projects, we also look back at the foundations of the medium.

Over the years, we have questioned the veracity of images and studied their constructed nature, heralded their pervasive influence, and acknowledged their dramatic social and political impact. Our perception of reality has been challenged by photographs that frame shifting landscapes or serve as markers of history and surrogates for memory. We have examined photography’s evolution, and how past manifestations continuously inform current practices. After confronting proclamations of photography’s impending death, we ushered in the resurgence of analogue processes. And while amassing vast quantities of images derived from everyday image-making, we prudently distinguished exceptional photographs and their widespread implications. Idiosyncratic representations of identity have engendered our reverence, empathy, and enlightened sense of self, both individually and collectively.

Collaborating with our partners at major museums, galleries, organizations, and urban spaces throughout the Greater Toronto Area, CONTACT 2016 marks the Festival’s 20th anniversary with an expanded program focused on 20 Primary Exhibitions and 20 Public Installations. Inspired by many creative practitioners and the visual acuity of their work, these shows comprise more than 170 years of photographic image-making. Drawn from distinctly varied sources across the city and around the world, these outstanding works offer powerful insights and compelling views of social landscape, political turmoil, and cultural change. Underscoring the shadowy territory between fact and fiction, they depict dreamers and rebels, and explore conceptions of beauty and pride.

Positioned on streets, billboards, and subway platforms, or suspended from the façades and interiors of buildings, our public installations transform the experience of the city. Conveying narratives specific to the environment, its usage, and inhabitants, the interplay between the photographic subject and its surrounding context destabilizes the conventions of advertising and alters the patterns of everyday activity in public spaces.

The sweeping presence of CONTACT in May stimulates a multitude of programs and expressive endeavours throughout Toronto, interconnecting people by encouraging dialogue and opportunities to learn while fostering cultural commonalities. Shown in diverse neighbourhood locations—including galleries, community centres and schools, cafés, stores, and many unexpected alternative venues—Open Exhibitions are the democratic foundation of the Festival. Our annual open call for participation also cultivates submissions, and the selected Featured Exhibitions highlight powerful lens-based works by accomplished artists at prominent galleries. Journeys to these venues throughout the city, whether planned or discovered, uncover inventive presentations by burgeoning artists and leading professionals.

We are very grateful to our title sponsor Scotiabank, who continues to support the Festival’s programming and growth. Sincere thanks go to our major sponsors Nikon and PATTISON for their active engagement over the last seven years. Provincial funding from Celebrate Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Tourism Event Marketing Program, along with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, is gratefully acknowledged for providing tremendous reinforcement. Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved in CONTACT 2016, including programming partners, funders, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. We have endeavoured to expand the artistic practices of all involved while broadening our audience and engagement with visual arts locally and globally. We are proud to have played a key role in making Toronto an international centre of photography.

Bringing together over 1,500 artists and photographers at more than 200 exhibitions and happenings, we commemorate our 20th anniversary and celebrate the accomplishments of countless people who contribute to the Festival—most notably those exhibiting their work. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of images have mapped millions of experiences across our urban communities, guiding us to see and better understand the multifaceted nature of our place within constantly changing scenes.

—CONTACT staff and board of directors

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2016 Primary Exhibition
  Aga Khan Museum
2016
  Ontario Place
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Arsenal Contemporary Toronto
2016 Primary Exhibition
  AGO
2016 Primary Exhibition
  AGYU
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Art Museum at the University of Toronto
2016 Primary Exhibition
  A Space Gallery, Prefix ICA, Urbanspace Gallery, Trinity Square Video, and YYZ Artists' Outlet
2016 Primary Exhibition
  BAND Gallery
2016 Primary Exhibition
  CONTACT Gallery
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Gallery TPW
2016 Primary Exhibition
  John B. Aird Gallery
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Koffler Gallery
2016 Primary Exhibition
  The McMichael
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 Primary Exhibition
  The Old Press Hall, The Globe and Mail
2016 Public Installation
  460 King St W, north façade
2016 Public Installation
  Adelaide Place
2016 Public Installation
  Billboards at Front St W at Spadina Ave, and across Canada
2016 Public Installation
  Billboards at Lansdowne and College
2016 Public Installation
  Brookfield Place
2016 Public Installation
  Consulate General of Italy
2016 Public Installation
  Harbourfront Centre
2016 Public Installation
  Kensington Market
2016 Public Installation
  Lower Sherbourne at The Esplanade
2016 Public Installation
  North York Centre
2016 Public Installation
  Oxford Art Tablet
2016 Public Installation
  Royal Ontario Museum
2016 Public Installation
  St Patrick Subway Station
2016 Public Installation
  The Annex Neighbourhood and Queen St E at Victoria St and Church St
2016 Public Installation
  The Old Press Hall, The Globe and Mail
2016 Public Installation
  The Power Plant
2016 Public Installation
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2016 Public Installation
  University of Toronto
2016 Public Installation
  Westin Harbour Castle
2016 Featured Exhibition
  8eleven
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Alison Milne Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Alliance Française Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Bau-Xi Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Birch Contemporary
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Cooper Cole
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Corkin Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Daniel Faria Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Division Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  The Drake Hotel
2016 Featured Exhibition
  ELLEPHANT
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Erin Stump Projects
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Gardiner Museum
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Georgia Scherman Projects
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Harbourfront Centre
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Hashtag Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  LE Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Le Labo at Campbell House Museum
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Lonsdale Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  MKG127
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Murray Building
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Museums of Mississauga – Anchorage at the Bradley Museum
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Nicholas Metivier Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Nikola Rukaj Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Olga Korper Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Project Gallery Toronto
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Ryerson Artspace
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Studio 510
2016 Featured Exhibition
  TYPOLOGY Projects
2016 Featured Exhibition
  Zalucky Contemporary
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Abbozzo Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Angell Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Aroma Espresso Bar
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  ArtDiem
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Arts Etobicoke
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Gibraltar Point
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Art Works Art Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Baka Gallery Cafe
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Barreworks
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Bezpala Brown Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Brassaii
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Café Pamenar
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Charlotte Hale & Associates
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Cherry Bomb Coffee
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Cobalt Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Columbus Centre
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Columbus Centre
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Continuing Studies Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  David Kaye Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  District Oven
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Dylan Ellis Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Evergreen Brick Works
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Faculty of Information, Claude T. Bissell Building
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Frank & Oak
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2016 Open Call Exhibition
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery House
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery Hui
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery on Wade
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Goethe-Institut
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  HUNTCLUB Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Julie's Cuban Restaurant
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Agora Café
2016 Open Call Exhibition
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Bricco Kitchen And Wine Bar
2016 Open Call Exhibition
2016 Open Call Exhibition
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Latitude 44
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - NODO
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Opticianado
2016 Open Call Exhibition
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - Vesuvio's Pizzeria and Spaghetti House
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Junction - West Toronto Paint
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Keenan Research Centre (West Lobby, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute)
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  LUMAS Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Lumix Studio
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Mackenzie House
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Markham House - City Building Lab
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Mercury Espresso Bar
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Metropolis Living
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Montgomery's Inn
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Mrs. Huizenga
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Norman Felix Gallery c/o That Channel
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Northern Contemporary
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Nuvango Gallery & Goods
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  OCAD University
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL)
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery at Artscape Wychwood Barns
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Project Gallery Studios
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Project Gallery Toronto
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  QSQ Giclee Boutique
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Rawlicious
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Rodney's Oyster House
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre - 3rd Floor
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson Student Learning Centre
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Scoop Shop: Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Shop
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Struck Contemporary
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Struck Contemporary
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Tangled Art + Disability
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Black Cat Artspace
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  The Great Escape Book Store
2016
  The Ground Floor
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  The Pilot
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  The Red Head Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Trinity Bellwoods BIA
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Union Social Eatery
2016 Open Call Exhibition
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Various Locations
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Vistek
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Vistek Mississauga
2016 Open Call Exhibition
  Walnut Contemporary
2016 contact-gallery
  CONTACT Gallery
2016
  CONTACT Gallery
2016 Artist Talk
  Arsenal Contemporary Toronto
2016 lecture
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2016 Artist Talk
  AGYU
2016 Panel
  Art Museum at the University of Toronto
2016 Panel
  Art Museum at the University of Toronto
2016 Artist Talk
  Bau-Xi Gallery
2016 lecture
  Blackwood Gallery
2016 Artist Talk
  Brookfield Place
2016 Artist Talk
  Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
2016 Artist Talk
  Consulate General of Italy
2016 Artist Talk
  CONTACT Gallery
2016 Artist Talk
  ELLEPHANT
2016 Artist Talk
  Gallery 1313
2016 Artist Talk
  Gallery 1313
2016 Panel
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Panel
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Artist Talk
  Hashtag Gallery
2016 Artist Talk
  John B. Aird Gallery
2016 Artist Talk
  John B. Aird Gallery
2016 Artist Talk
  Le Labo at Campbell House Museum
2016 lecture
  The McMichael
2016 Artist Talk
  MKG127
2016 Artist Talk
  Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL)
2016 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 lecture
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor Street
2016 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor Street
2016 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor Street
2016 lecture
  St Paul's Bloor Street
2016 Artist Talk
  Zalucky Contemporary
2016 Launch
  AC Repair Co.
2016 Launch
  AGO
2016 Book Launch
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Book Launch
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Launch
  Mulherin Toronto
2016 Book Launch
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2016 Performance
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2016 Performance
  Mississauga Celebration Square
2016 screening
  AGO
2016 screening
  AGO
2016 screening
  Innis Town Hall
2016 screening
  Spadina Theatre - Alliance française Toronto
2016 screening
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2016 Film
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2016 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2016 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2016 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2016 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2016 Workshop
  Vistek
2016 Workshop
  Vistek
2016 Tour
  Art Gallery of Mississauga
2016 Tour
  Art Museum at the University of Toronto
2016 Tour
  Gladstone Hotel
2016 Tour
  Koffler Gallery
2016 Tour
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 Tour
  Ryerson Image Centre
2016 Tour
  The Old Press Hall, The Globe and Mail