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Contacting Toronto: We're in This Together
A photographic dialogue about Toronto by Toronto on the TTC



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Contacting Toronto: We're in This Together will be presented to more than one million daily Toronto commuters in the Toronto subway system throughout the month of May for Scotiabank CONTACT.

An official public installation of Toronto's annual month-long photography festival, Contacting Toronto: We're in This Together is a two-part exhibition that features a photographic dialogue about Toronto. Created especially for the TTC subway system, curator Sharon Switzer makes strategic use of both Pattison subway platform posters and the network of Pattison Onestop LCD screens, transforming this public space and the commuter experience.

Subway platform posters in 60 stations will feature the work of six Toronto-based photographers, each with a unique view of the city's strengths and weaknesses, beauty and secrets. Reflecting Toronto's multiplicity, each work connects to the concept of community. Alyssa Bistonath's portraiture exudes warmth and shared intimacy; Ruth Kaplan photographs people within communities of acceptance; Aaron Vincent Elkaim's street photography illuminates but does not define the people he photographs; Brent Lewin makes images about social issues and cultural conditions; Debra Friedman's double portraits allow for both tenderness and tension; and Robert Poulton makes photographs that focus on cultural transitions.

The photographic dialogue continues on the subway LCD screens, showcasing images submitted by the public that consider the meaning of We're in this Together. The images selected from this open call reflect upon personal relationships, the city's myriad and ever-shifting communities, current political and economic realities, geographical boundaries, and ecological uncertainties. A different photo will be featured once every five minutes on more than 300 locations across the TTC, with new submissions added to the mix daily. We're in this Together allows us all to share our impressions about what it's like to live together in Toronto.

Images can be submitted to the Contacting Toronto group on Flickr until May 30, 2012. www.flickr.com/groups/contactingtoronto

This exhibition is co-produced by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop in partnership with CONTACT Photography Festival. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council.


For more information contact:
Marie Nazar, Arts Publicist, Pattison Onestop - mnazar@idirect.ca



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