Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

2019

The extraordinary ingredients were prepared 30 years ago. Carefully placed, within the heart of the home, she mixed them every day, for months. Long before breakfast, and at mid-afternoon, she meticulously arranged the spreads, unlike anything previously made by men. Stirred by a deep hunger, the radical recipe satiated a powerful craving. Now, well-preserved and often desired, her creation remains astonishingly fresh and nourishes the soul.

In 1990, Carrie Mae Weems created The Kitchen Table Series and transformed how women were represented and seen. This year’s Festival spotlight on Weems brings together an inimitable selection of works created since then—forming a major solo exhibition in five parts—to probe and celebrate her influential practice. Weems’ timeless narratives about gender, race, relationships, and power align here with a number of concurrent presentations by women artists who critically examine ideas of agency, endurance, family, and community.

Reclaiming the past to explore the complex realities of women today, Ayana V. Jackson’s self-portraits, displayed within the context of a 19th-century home, intrepidly confront a legacy of racial oppression, and Carmen Winant’s collected images, shown on billboards, herald global movements and protests to activate a history of empowerment. An array of primary exhibitions includes in-depth enquiries: Moyra Davey’s photographs and videos are informed by relationships, books, and objects that nurture a sense of self; Meryl McMaster examines her Indigenous and European ancestry as a cyclical and linear experience that has profound connections to the land; and Nadia Myre’s multimedia practice considers the politics of belonging against a feminist backdrop. In site-specific public installations, both Zinnia Naqvi and Nadine Stijns combine images of accumulated ephemera, sharing the collective experiences and cultural traditions of migrant communities in Canada and around the world.

Through collaborations with artists and cultural partners across the city, critical subjects emerge in tandem with local and global concerns. Together these convergent interests form the touchstones of our Core Exhibitions, revealed in the sequencing of the pages that follow. The built environment is the subject and site of projects by artists from across the globe, including Michael Tsegaye, who captures dramatic shifts caused by urbanization and rapid changes to Ethiopia’s social infrastructure. Esther Hovers’ installation analyzes the power structures that increasingly surveil urban spaces through pervasive and ever-evolving technologies; the photographic diptychs of Peter Funch offer a more introspective take on surveillance. Susan Dobson’s site-specific positioning of images exposes the city’s processes of erection and destruction; and within the context of Toronto’s Financial District, Sputnik Photos collective uncovers traces of failed utopic systems that once existed behind the Iron Curtain. Suspended between two geographies, Taysir Batniji looks at the military architecture and destroyed infrastructure of Palestine; and Manar Moursi focuses on improvised structural interventions in Cairo that challenge the authorities governing urban development.

Histories of aerial conflict and trauma are explored through the patterns of warfare that permeate the commissioned project by Sanaz Mazinani and a video installation by Nevet Yitzhak, who both depict weaponry to make poignant statements against armed aggression. The intersection between space exploration and the public imaginary is considered in Bianca Salvo’s images, which scrutinize interstellar enterprise and the gap between fact and fiction, and in Elizabeth Zvonar’s massive mural inspired by the Milky Way, which plays with notions of an infinite galaxy.

Human impact on the natural environment is a topic of concern for numerous artists. Nadia Belerique’s images of river detritus show evidence of a neglected waterway that runs through the city; Annette Mangaard approaches the theme of water from an environmental and conceptual perspective; and Mario Pfeifer’s scenic mural signals undercurrents of land-claims issues for a community nearing extinction in Chile. Increased intervention in the North necessitates a deeper understanding of its cultures, especially in light of climate change and geopolitics: the collaborative practice of Arnait Video Collective’s women filmmakers from Nunavut focuses on the shared traditions and urgent viewpoints of its members, while photojournalist Louie Palu surveys the repercussions of military presence in the Arctic. All of the artists in CONTACT’s 2019 Core Exhibitions— too many to name here—present outstanding works that invite interaction. Bringing ideas to the table that stimulate vital conversations and nurture enduring relationships, they transform the places where people come together.

Bonnie Rubenstein

Artistic Director

 

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2019
  CONTACT Gallery
2019
  Art Museum
2019
  460 King St W
2019
  Metro Hall
2019 Non-Festival Exhibition
  CONTACT Gallery
2019 Primary Exhibition
  A Space Gallery
2019 Primary Exhibition
  BAND Gallery
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Daniels Building U of T
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Charles Street Video
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Koffler Gallery
2019 Primary Exhibition
  The McMichael
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Mercer Union
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Onsite Gallery
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Ontario Science Centre
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2019
  Textile Museum of Canada
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Scrap Metal
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Campbell House Museum
2019 Primary Exhibition
  Trinity Square Video
2019 Public Installation
  Daniels Building U of T
2019 Public Installation
  The Bentway
2019 Public Installation
  Westin Harbour Castle
2019 Public Installation
  Brookfield Place
2019 Public Installation
  Billboards at Lansdowne and College
2019 Public Installation
  Billboards at Church and McGill St
  Billboards at Victoria and Dundas St
  Billboards at Church and Lombard St
2019 Public Installation
  Osgoode Subway Station
2019 Public Installation
  Aga Khan Museum
2019 Public Installation
  Harbourfront Centre
2019 Public Installation
  Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives
2019 Public Installation
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2019 Public Installation
  Castle Frank Bus Station
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Sur Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  MKG127
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Alison Milne Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Alliance Française Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Black Cat Showroom
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Black Cat Artspace
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Bradley Museum
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Christie Contemporary
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Connections Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Corkin Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Critical Distance
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Division Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Doris McCarthy Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Gardiner Museum
2019 Featured Exhibition
  General Hardware Contemporary
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Lonsdale Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Nikola Rukaj Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Northern Contemporary
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Olga Korper Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Patel Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Patel Studios
2019 Featured Exhibition
  The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Tangled Art + Disability
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Urbanspace Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Zalucky Contemporary
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Georgia Scherman Projects
2019 Featured Exhibition
  The Loon
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Ryerson Artspace
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Clint Roenisch Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Bau-Xi Gallery
2019 Featured Exhibition
  Daniel Faria Gallery
2019 open-call-exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Ada Slaight Gallery
  Open Space Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Artists' Network Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Myhal Centre
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Full of Beans
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Nookspace
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Dennis's Patio
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  The Continental Dance Club
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Women's Art Association of Canada
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Only One Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  OCAD University
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Liss Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  IX Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  The Porch Light
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Todmorden Mills Art Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  CBC Toronto Headquarters
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Varley Art Gallery of Markham
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Christopher Cutts Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Creeds Coffee Bar
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  CNIB Community Hub
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Akasha Art Projects Inc.
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Neilson Park Creative Centre
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Morellina's
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  First Toronto Post Office
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Black Cat Artspace
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Hashtag Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Eastbound Brewing Co.
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Stockyard Fine Art Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  500px HQ
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Society of Sound
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen Alexandra M.S.
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Church Street Pop-Ups
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Japan Foundation, Toronto
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  HGB Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Beaux Arts Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Connections Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Berenson Fine Art
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Café Pamenar
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Propeller Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Elaine Fleck Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Daniels Spectrum
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Hashtag Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Artists' Network Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Mercury Espresso Bar
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  LUMAS Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Stylistics
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Lakeshore Arts
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Artworld Fine Art Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  The Window Gallery YYZ
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Studio Vogue
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Neilson Park Creative Centre
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  First Canadian Place
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gloria Espresso Bar & Café
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Sheldon Rose Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery SHA
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  The Grand Trunk
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery Arcturus
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  McLean Community Centre
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  NODO Restaurant
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Rakuten Kobo Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  United Contemporary
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  PROOF Studio Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Arta Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Allan Gardens Conservatory
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  imagefoundry
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Lakeshore Arts @ Albion Library
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Takht-e Tavoos
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Geary Lane
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Peacock Public House
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  The Burroughes
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Urban Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  bulthaup Toronto Inc
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Only One Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  David Crombie Park
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Comrags
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Aviv Mediterranean Restaurant
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Odon Wagner Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Abbozzo Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Annex Photo (Concept by Fujifilm)
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Bay Station
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  GTA Photography Classes
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Arts Etobicoke
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Toronto Media Arts Centre
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Petroff Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  UB Social Cafe & General Store
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Likely General
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Le Baratin
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Distillery District
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Bellefeuille
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Pari Nadimi Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Aquavato
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  stackt
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Cloverdale Common
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Delaware Ave
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Coldstream Fine Art
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Arsenal Contemporary Toronto
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Delineations Salon
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Angell Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Angell Gallery
2019 Open Call Exhibition
  Samsung Experience Store
2019 Book Fair
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2019 Book Fair
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2019 Book Launch
  AGO
2019 Book Launch
  Patel Gallery
2019 Panel
  Scrap Metal
2019 Panel
  Charles Street Video
2019 Panel
  Scrap Metal
2019 Panel
  AGO
2019 Panel
  Charles Street Video
2019 Gallery Talk
  Gallery 44
2019 Gallery Talk
  Ryerson Image Centre
2019 Curator Talk
  Textile Museum of Canada
2019 Curator Talk
  Arta Gallery
2019 Curator Talk
  Lonsdale Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  BAND Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Corkin Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Munk School
2019 Artist Talk
  Zalucky Contemporary
2019 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Artspace
2019 Artist Talk
  Zalucky Contemporary
2019 Artist Talk
  Clint Roenisch Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Charles Street Video
2019 Artist Talk
  Urbanspace Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Image Centre
2019 Artist Talk
  Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives
2019 Artist Talk
  The McMichael
2019 Artist Talk
  Mercer Union
2019 Artist Talk
  Campbell House Museum
2019 Artist Talk
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2019 Artist Talk
  Hot Docs Cinema
2019 Artist Talk
  The Commons
2019 Artist Talk
  Gallery 1313
2019 Artist Talk
  Gallery 1313
2019 Artist Talk
  Artscape Youngplace
2019 Artist Talk
  Tangled Art + Disability
2019 Artist Talk
  Creeds Coffee Bar
2019 Artist Talk
  Comrags
2019 Artist Talk
  Aga Khan Museum
2019 Artist Talk
  Ontario Science Centre
2019 Artist Talk
  Gladstone Hotel
  Bradley Museum
2019 Artist Talk
  The Bentway
2019 Artist Talk
  Northern Contemporary
2019 Artist Talk
  Artists' Network Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Castle Frank Bus Station
2019 Artist Talk
  Samsung Experience Store
2019 Artist Talk
  Sheldon Rose Gallery
2019 Artist Talk
  Ryerson Image Centre
2019 Launch
  Takht-e Tavoos
2019 Performance
  Division Gallery
2019 Performance
  Critical Distance
2019 Performance
  Mercer Union
2019 Performance
  Georgia Scherman Projects
2019 Performance
  Artists' Network Gallery
2019 Performance
  Trinity Square Video
2019 Tour
  OCAD University
2019 Reading Group
  Gallery 44
2019 Reading Group
  Critical Distance
2019 Reading Group
  Mercer Union
2019 Workshop
  401 Richmond
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Gallery 44
2019 Workshop
  Onsite Gallery
2019 Workshop
  Mercer Union
2019 Workshop
  Industrial Studio
2019 Workshop
  Industrial Studio
2019 Film
  TIFF Bell Lightbox
2019 Film
  Revue Cinema
2019
  Daniels Building U of T