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Installation view, With an instinct for justice at Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough. Shadi Harouni (L-R), The Lightest of Stones, 2015; I Dream the Mountain is Still Whole, 2017; I Long for a Game of Football, 2017.

CONTACT 2018 Wrap-Up & Award Announcements

The 22nd edition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival officially ends today! The CONTACT team would like to sincerely thank all of the exhibiting artists, galleries, and programming partners as well as our funders and sponsors who made this year a success.

Many exhibitions continue into the summer months, so be sure to visit the CONTACT website to see what’s on near you.

The Gattuso Prize goes to Shadi Harouni and Elise Rasmussen for With an instinct for justice

On view at Doris McCarthy Gallery until June 30, 2018
Curated by Noa Bronstein

The Gattuso Prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding Featured Exhibition in CONTACT. The jury, Liz Ikiriko (curator and photo editor) and Magdalyn Asimakis (curator and writer), based their decision on the conceptual and technical excellence of the work, as well as the curatorial vision.

With an Instinct for Justice deftly negotiates the embodied nature of resistance in a time of social, political, and ecological urgency. Harouni and Rasmussen’s photography and video works render gentle insight into our anxious world. The work acknowledges lineages of refusal, labour, and the human toll of oppressive structures, while their meticulous technical and conceptual approaches are exquisitely considered.” - The Jury

The exhibition is on view at Doris McCarthy Gallery (U of T Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail) until June 30, 2018.

CONTACT's Featured Exhibitions, selected to be part of the Festival through a juried submission process, are independently organized by artists, venues, and organizations across the city.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support and contributions of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. The Foundation demonstrates strong leadership and influences innovation across all charitable sectors in Canada including health care, culture and the arts.

Birthe Piontek, Holding, 2015, from Abendlied. Courtesy of the artist.

2018 Burtynsky Grant awarded to Birthe Piontek for Abendlied

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant in 2016—a $5,000 annual grant to support Canadian artists and photographers who are at the advanced stages of developing a photobook for publication.

The jury—Edward Burtynsky, Taia Kwinter (Associate Managing Editor, Aperture) Maxine Proctor (Managing Editor, BlackFlash; director and co-founder, Toronto Art Book Fair) and Marcus Schubert (Director of Media, Publications & Exhibits, Burtynsky Studios)—considered many innovative and compelling book projects from across Canada.

“Birthe Piontek’s Abendlied examines how individual relationships in a family are shaped by the processes of growing up, aging, and eventually letting go. Piontek’s well-resolved book project sequences images of her family members interacting with textiles, household objects, and each other to weave a cohesive yet curious narrative about identity and belonging.” – The Jury

Honourable mentions:
Eve Tagny, Lost Love
Ian Willms, We Shall See

L-R: Dana Claxton, Study for a Protest, 2018; Charlie Engman, Mom in the Badlands, 2014; Felicity Hammond, Fragment 04, 2018

2018 CONTACT Limited Edition Prints

CONTACT is pleased to announce the addition of works by 2018 Festival artists Dana Claxton, Charlie Engman, and Felicity Hammond to its Limited Edition Prints program. All proceeds from this fundraising initiative go towards future Festival exhibitions, installations, and educational events. Visit the online CONTACT Shop for full details.

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CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, BIG Digital, Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, First Gulf, Colliers International, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, Consulate General of the United States, the Howard Webster Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.





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