Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Tong Lam, Untitled, 2014. Lightbox, 24 x 
36. Courtesy of the artist.
Tong Lam, Untitled, 2014. Lightbox, 24 x 36". Courtesy of the artist.
Tong Lam, City as Media, 2019. Video still.
Tong Lam, City as Media, 2019. Video still.
Tong Lam, Untitled, 2013. Lightbox, 24 x 36.
Tong Lam, Untitled, 2013. Lightbox, 24 x 36".
Tong Lam, Untitled, 2014. Lightbox, 24 x 36.
Tong Lam, Untitled, 2014. Lightbox, 24 x 36".
Featured Exhibition

Tong Lam
Moving Images, Moving People

May 10–June 8
Reception: May 10, 6–9pm

401 Richmond - Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
401 Richmond St W Suite 450A


Hours Mon–Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1pm–5pm

Presented by the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in partnership with Vtape. Supported by the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Film is a form of mechanically reproduced art for creating shared experiences, and the arrival of digital technology has further standardized how the medium is delivered and screened globally. Yet, in China, where mobile cinema has re-emerged as a popular means for the government, big corporations, and even NGOs to cultivate new political subjects, consumers, and citizens, outdoor screening events remain highly unique, improvised, and in motion. Like consumer societies everywhere, contemporary China has a visual economy that creates highly diverse and fragmented audience experiences. Is mobile cinema still capable of moving people and organizing society like it once did? If so, in what terms?

Tong Lam’s series meticulously documents contemporary China’s outdoor film phenomena, where films are sometimes screened next to dancing people and even animals, and where propaganda films have to compete with images of conspicuous consumption. In addition to showing the diversity of people and places in a rapidly changing nation, Lam’s work also invites viewers to consider an increasingly complex global media environment overrun with commercials, misinformation, and media spectacle.

Curated by Tina Chen

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.