Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

2020

As the global health crisis has rapidly transformed how art is experienced, Toronto’s 24th annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival was adapted to reflect the challenges of this new reality. Normally spanning the month of May, the city-wide Festival’s exhibitions will open on a case-by-case basis, once public safety is assured and schedules are confirmed. As information becomes available we will update details on our website, which launched on April 1 with the full roster of exhibitions planned for this year’s Festival. While many venues will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the impact of COVID-19, we acknowledge the enormous efforts of everyone involved and celebrate their great accomplishments. An exceptional range of lens-based works by Canadian and international artists was selected for a diverse array of exhibitions at museums, galleries, public sites, and alternative spaces throughout Toronto. We very proudly present information on all of these shows on this website and within the Festival’s catalogue, despite the unforeseen havoc of the pandemic which has unfortunately resulted in some cancellations.

On May 1, the Festival’s customary first day, we launched a new platform for Online Programs. Rolling out on our website throughout the month, this series of initiatives featuring new and recent projects by Festival participants and partners includes profiles on artists, video screenings, photo-essays and photobooks, recommended readings, and a variety of conversations recorded in living rooms, studios, and exhibitions. These timely iterations of image-based programs activate the exhibitions planned for the 2020 Festival, as we await the privilege of seeing them in person.

Collaborating with artists and cultural partners across the city, CONTACT fosters a deep engagement with photographic imagery and a heightened awareness of local and global issues. Revealing critical subjects and shared concerns, many of the artists in our Core Exhibitions expose physical, emotional, and environmental scars that reflect the fragility of our times. Their projects affirm artists’ roles in building awareness, stimulating dialogue, and fostering engagement with important issues, whether individual, collective, or global. They explore the interconnections and implications of bodies, identities, locations, and histories, and provide spirited messages and meaningful engagement that remind us of the world’s beauty and the ongoing significance of artistic expression. Selected through a call for submissions, Featured Exhibitions of lens-based works by artists from Canada and around the world are planned at established galleries all over the city. And our Open Call Exhibitions, which enable emerging artists to show their work at local galleries and alternative locations, are the foundation of CONTACT. We continue to foster the careers of artists through the annual Burtynsky Grant that supports the creation of a photobook, and The Exhibition Award, which provides an emerging artist with a solo show in the CONTACT Gallery.

Reflecting on these difficult times as people around the world confront health concerns, CONTACT is very fortunate to work with an incredible community and so many remarkable partners and stakeholders—our most sincere thanks goes out to all of them. We are very grateful to our title sponsor Scotiabank and major sponsors Nikon Canada and PATTISON Outdoors for their active engagement in the arts over the years and who continue to support the growth and success of the Festival. Provincial and federal funding from Celebrate Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, is gratefully acknowledged for providing tremendous assistance to present new and innovative projects annually. Our sincere appreciation goes to our many funders and sponsors, as well as to a number of resolute individuals whose donations and volunteer efforts have been critical.

This year’s Festival is dedicated to all of those in the arts who have been affected by COVID-19. We hope that these challenging and uncertain times will ultimately strengthen society, one that values creativity as a vital part of life experience. Best wishes for good health and safe shelter.

— CONTACT staff and board of directors

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2020 Primary Exhibition
  MOCA Toronto
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Art Museum
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Onsite Gallery
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre
Online Artist Talk
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Koffler Gallery
2020 Primary Exhibition
  AGO
2020 Primary Exhibition
  AGO
2020 Primary Exhibition
  AGO
2020 Primary Exhibition
  BAND Gallery
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Trinity Square Video
2020 Primary Exhibition
  Mercer Union
2020 Primary Exhibition
  John B. Aird Gallery
  Charles Street Video
2020 Curator's Reading List
2020 Primary Exhibition
  CONTACT Gallery
2020
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Alison Milne Gallery
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Alliance Française Gallery
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Arsenal Contemporary Toronto
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Black Cat Artspace
2020 Curator's Reading List
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Corkin Gallery
2020 Video Screening
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Critical Distance
2020 Streaming Series
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Daniel Faria Gallery
2020 Curator's Reading List
2020 Featured Exhibition
  The Dylan Ellis Gallery
2020 Photobook Lab
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Georgia Scherman Projects
2020 Curator's Reading List
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Gladstone Hotel
2020 Curator's Reading List
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Henderson Lee Gallery
2020 Artist Profile
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Lonsdale Gallery
2020 Featured Exhibition
  MKG127
2020 Photobook Lab
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Olga Korper Gallery
2020 Online Exhibition
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Patel Gallery
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Pumice Raft
2020 Curator's Reading List
2020 Featured Exhibition
  The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
2020 Featured Exhibition
  shell
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Stephen Bulger Gallery
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Varley Art Gallery of Markham
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Varley Art Gallery of Markham
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Zalucky Contemporary
2020 Featured Exhibition
  Alliance Française Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Capital Espresso
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  LUMAS Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Urban Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  500px
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Extra Butter Coffee
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Propeller Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Roastery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Drake Hotel
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace - 2nd Floor
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Red Head Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  500px
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Starving Artist
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Cloverdale Common
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  John B. Aird Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Starving Artist - Mount Pleasant
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  50 Gladstone Avenue
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Rapp Optical
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Baycrest, The Ronald & Nancy Kalifer Culture Hub
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artists' Network Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Petroff Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Daniels Spectrum
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Cardinal Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery Arcturus
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Story Arts Centre
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  30 Merchants' Wharf
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Grab-a-Slice
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 44
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  imagefoundry
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Nikola Rukaj Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Goethe Media Space @ Goethe-Institut
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Orchard Lyceum Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Bau-Xi Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Gibraltar Point
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  United Contemporary
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Grand Trunk
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  McLean Community Centre
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace 2nd and 3rd floor Hallway Galleries
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
  Northern Contemporary
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Columbus Centre
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Weston Commons
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Arts Etobicoke
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Charles Street Video
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Queen Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Burroughes
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  HQ at The Creative Innovation Centre at FCAD (Ryerson University)
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Youngplace - 2nd Floor
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Urbanspace Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Prosserman JCC
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Mercury Espresso Bar
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Darren Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Great Escape Book Store
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Helio Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  David Crombie Park
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  TD Centre-Linkway
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Remote Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  QSQ Giclee Boutique
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Cheese Boutique Gift Ware
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Theatre Centre
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Gallery 1313
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Collision Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Artscape Daniels Launchpad
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  tilted dog pub
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery at Artscape Wychwood Barns
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson University School of Image Arts
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Northern Contemporary
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Pari Nadimi Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Akasha Art Projects Inc.
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Annex Photo (Concept by Fujifilm)
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Bay Adelaide Centre
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Beaux-Arts Brampton
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Beaver Hall Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  The Cardinal Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Christie Contemporary
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Doris McCarthy Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Elaine Fleck Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Frame Print Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Ryerson Image Centre - Student Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  United Contemporary
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Hashtag Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Hashtag Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Italic Press Gallery
2020 Open Call Exhibition
  Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery