Max Dean, Family photo albums, 2012. Courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Events April 30 – May 6
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 32 Featured Exhibitions, with more than 1,000 artists exhibiting their work at 134 Open Exhibitions across the city. An extensive range of events provides a forum for education, discussion, and debate with artists, curators, and industry professionals from diverse backgrounds.
Come celebrate the first week of the festival at numerous exhibition openings, artist talks and events.
Tuesday May 1
MONTE CLARK GALLERY
Stephen Waddell, Inhabitants, 6 – 8pm
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE GALLERY
Elisa Julia Gilmour, Gemma Warren, Far Between, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Public Installation – Max Dean: Album
Wednesday May 2, 6 - 9pm
Art Gallery of Ontario, Southeast corner of Dundas St W and Beverly St
Max Dean's specially configured Volkswagen Beetle will appear at various locations throughout the city to showcase photo albums and pass them on to willing new owners. For a complete schedule visit www.ago.net
Thursday May 3
Jon Rafman, The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, 6 – 9pm
CIRCUIT GALLERY AT GALLERY 345
Eamon Mac Mahon, Jim Verburg, Scenes From Here, 6 – 9pm
ELAINE FLECK GALLERY
Andrew Rowat, Crumbled Empire, 6 – 9pm
KOFFLER GALLERY OFF-SITE AT OLGA KORPER GALLERY
Adi Nes, 6 – 9pm
Aaron Vincent Elkaim, A Co-existence: Lost in the Wake of Zionism, 6 – 10pm
ERIN STUMP PROJECTS
Kotama Bouabane, Follow Suit, 7 – 10pm
GLADSTONE HOTEL, 7 – 10pm
Laurie Kang, Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise
Jamie Campbell, Looking Askance
Katharina Mayer, Theatrum Familiae, 7 – 10pm
NEUBACHER SHOR CONTEMPORARY
Harley Valentine, Paris, 7 – 10pm
Oliver Pauk, Zach Slootsky, The Motels of Niagara Falls, 7 – 11pm
Artist Talk – Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Thursday May 3, 8pm
Aaron Vincent Elkaim speaks about his exhibition, A Co-existence: Lost in the Wake of Zionism.
Artist Talk – Ariella Azoulay
Thursday May 3, 7pm
Ariella Azoulay teaches visual culture and contemporary philosophy at the Program for Culture and Interpretation, Bar Ilan University, and is the author of Once Upon A Time: Photography Following Walter Benjamin and Death's Showcase: The Power of Image in Contemporary Democracy.
Friday May 4
Samira Eskandarfar, Amirali Ghasemi, Abbas Kowsari, Zeinab Salarvand, Arman Stepanian, Sadegh Tirafkan, Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography, 6 – 9pm
INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan, 6 – 8:30pm
Erin Brubacher, John Haney, Private Commute, 7 – 10pm
UTAC ART LOUNGE
Robert Giard, Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Saturday May 5
Dan Dubowitz, Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford, 2 – 4pm
STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY
Sanaz Mazinani, Frames of the Visible, 2 – 5pm
Meet the Artists – Eamon Mac Mahon & Jim Verburg
Saturday May 5, 1 - 3pm
Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
Meet photographers Eamon Mac Mahon and Jim Verburg for an informal walk-through of their exhibition that explores our complex relationship to nature.
Artist Talk – Dan Dubowitz
Saturday May 5, 2pm
Architect and artist Dan Dubowitz gives a talk about his exhibition, Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford, the failed jungle enclave, within the wider context of his ongoing project, Megalomania.
Panel – Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography
Saturday May 5, 3pm
Join curator, Andrea Fitzpatrick, in conversation with exhibiting artists Amirali Ghasemi and Zeinab Salarvand, about their work and contemporary art practice in Iran today.
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 310
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
T 416 539 9595
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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, 3M Canada, Genstar, Beyond Digital Imaging, Toronto Image Works, Superframe, The Drake Hotel, The Gladstone Hotel, Santa Carolina, Blurb, Toronto Star, The Grid, Fashion Television 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 festival in May and year-round programming in the gallery.