Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Carlos Colin, Mask 010, 2014. Pigment on cotton paper, 47 x 31..
Carlos Colin, Mask 010, 2014. Pigment on cotton paper, 47 x 31.".
Meryl McMaster, Truth to Power, 2017. Giclée print, 48 x 62.9.
Meryl McMaster, Truth to Power, 2017. Giclée print, 48 x 62.9".
Iván Argote, Turistas (Don García), 2012. C-print, framed, 63 x 47 1/4.
Iván Argote, Turistas (Don García), 2012. C-print, framed, 63 x 47 1/4".
Featured Exhibition

Group Exhibition
Power in Resistance

May 2–June 29
Reception: May 2, 7–9pm

Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay E Ste 100


Hours: Tue–Wed 10am–2:30pm
Thu–Fri 12pm–6pm
Sat 11am–5pm
Artists Iván Argote
Marilyn Boror
Sebastián Calfuqueo
Carlos Colín
Lucia Cuba
Meryl McMaster

This exhibition exposes voices of resistance and resilience that flourish throughout the Americas as a response to centuries of racism, poverty, and widespread economic and social exclusion of Indigenous peoples in the region. From the southern hemisphere of the Mapuche to the Cree in the north, artists in Power in Resistance address the impact of colonization, including forced sterilization, risk of language extinction, residential schools, shaming queer identities, and violence. Counteracting such attempts of cultural erasure, these artists continue a path of truth, acknowledgment, power, and transformation.

Neoliberal capitalist and historical legacies of colonial racism continue to grow, as we witness multiple killings of Indigenous peoples in countries across the Americas. Contemporary artists Iván Argote (Colombia), Marilyn Boror (Guatemala), Sebastián Calfuqueo (Chile), Carlos Colín (Mexico/Vancouver), Lucia Cuba (Peru/New York), and Meryl McMaster (Canada) respond by facing the threats posed, challenging dominant narratives, and decolonizing landscapes. They offer a legacy of Indigenous struggle for future generations to follow. By understanding the specificities of converging and diverging violent patterns across the Americas, recognition of the importance of defiance and resistance is inevitable.

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.