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Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #65, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 2012

Stimulated by the renewed global interest in street photography, CONTACT 2012 explores the theme Public. Drawing attention to social and political issues that are framed by photographic images, the works presented challenge the distinctions between our private lives and the public sphere. CONTACT 2012 highlights how photography shapes collective experience and makes things public.

Now in its 16th year, CONTACT continues to expand programming through exhibitions of groundbreaking photography. The festival includes six Primary Exhibitions, 11 Public Installations and 34 Featured Exhibitions, with more than 1,000 artists exhibiting their work at 134 Open Exhibitions across the city.

Join us at our launch party to kick-off the festival on Friday April 27, 7pm at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).

CONTACT is pleased to co-present six Primary Exhibitions highlighting the festival theme:

Street View
Opening Friday April 27, 7 – 10pm
Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Gilden, Leon Levinstein, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Weegee
Spanning six decades, from the 1930s to the 1980s, Street View reflects the development of street photography as a record of city life and shifting social and economic conditions. Drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, this exhibition highlights the work of seven photographers whose seminal visions helped to describe the 20th-century urban landscape. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).
April 28 – June 3, NGC at the MOCCA.

PUBLIC: Collective Identity | Occupied Space
Opening Friday April 27, 7 – 10pm, MOCCA: Main Space
Philippe Chancel, Cheryl Dunn, Barry Frydlender, Baudouin Mouanda, Jon Rafman, Bill Sullivan, Michael Wolf

Opening Saturday April 28, 6 – 8pm, UTAC
Tarek Abouamin, Ai Weiwei, Ariella Azoulay, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani, Richard Mosse, Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber, Noh Suntag

In an age of social media, global urbanization, protest and revolution, photography plays a crucial role in mediating our understanding of contemporary life. This two-venue exhibition, Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces, presents images from around the world to explore the ways we articulate our identity in public, and the tensions that arise from the occupation of public space. Organized with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC).
April 28 – June 3, MOCCA: Main Space. May 1 – June 30, UTAC.

Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan
Opening Friday May 4, 6 – 8:30pm
This exhibition brings together two acclaimed Magnum photographers who explore the consequences of the armed conflict in Afghanistan from contrasting perspectives. Larry Towell's black-and-white photographs reveal the devastating effects of war on the people and landscapes of Afghanistan. Donovan Wylie's colour photographs document the operating bases built by the Canadian military for surveillance and defense of the surrounding terrain. Organized with the Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
May 5 – July 15, ICC at the ROM.

Lynne Marsh: Upturned Starry Sky
Opening Thursday May 10, 6 – 9pm
Upturned Starry Sky presents a selection of works by Lynne Marsh (b. Canada, based in Montreal, Berlin, and London, UK) that come together under the rubric of spectacle. The photographs and video share a focus on the mise en scene—the stage and backstage—of three sites in Berlin: a disused amusement park, the interior of the city's Philharmonie concert hall and the Olympiastadion.
April 28 – June 16, CONTACT Gallery.

Berenice Abbott: Photographs
Opening Wednesday May 23, 6 – 8:30pm
Featuring more than 120 photographs, this is the first exhibition in Canada to cover the many facets of the American photographer, Berenice Abbott (1898–1991). A committed member of the avant-garde, and staunch opponent of the Pictorialist movement and the school of Alfred Stieglitz, Abbott spent the whole of her career exploring the limits of documentary photography and photographic realism. Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, and the Jeu De Paume, Paris. Presented in partnership with the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The presentation in Toronto is supported by Ryerson University and the Ontario Arts Council.
May 23 – August 19, AGO.

Lynne Cohen: Nothing is Hidden
Scotiabank Photography Award 2011 Winner Exhibition
Throughout her career, Lynne Cohen has largely focused on investigating the interiors of domestic, industrial, leisure, and educational institutions revealing the unexpected dimensions of public and private spaces. Her cool, and intriguing images, precisely executed and infused with uninflected light, reveal a great deal about the scope and limitations of our abilities to control chaos and make sense of the external world. Organized by the Scotiabank Photography Award.
May 3 – June 30, Design Exchange.

Register now for CONTACT Portfolio Reviews,

Magnum Photos Workshop Toronto – deadline extended,

CONTACT Magazine hits the streets on April 20.


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CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 and granted charitable status in 2011, is generously supported by Scotiabank, BMW Group Canada, Nikon Canada, Torys LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc., Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Vistek, Kronenbourg, Cutty Sark, Transcontinental PLM, Fashion Television, 3M Canada, Genstar, Beyond Digital Imaging, Toronto Image Works, Superframe, The Drake Hotel, The Gladstone Hotel, Santa Carolina, Blurb, and BlogTO.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Hal Jackman Foundation, Goethe-Institut, Consulate General of France and its many partners.

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual month-long festival in May and year-round programming in the gallery.