Now in its 15th year, CONTACT continues the tradition of exhibiting groundbreaking photography throughout the month of May. Focusing on our relationship to the environment, CONTACT 2011: Figure & Ground looks at how photographic images alter perception, inform knowledge, and uncover meaning. Highlights of the festival thematic programming include six Primary Exhibitions, 14 Public Installations and 44 Featured Exhibitions. More than 1,000 artists exhibit their work at 159 Open Exhibitions across the city.
Join us at our launch party to kick-off the festival on Friday April 29, 7pm at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).
Celebrate the openings of our six Primary Exhibitions highlighting the festival theme:
Friday April 29, 7 - 10pm, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
Olga Chagaoutdinova, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Viviane Sassen, Dayanita Singh.
Through narratives informed by landscape, these artists focus on the interplay between humanity and nature. Organized with MOCCA.
& Fred Herzog: Vancouver
For over fifty years, Fred Herzog has photographed the changing street life of Vancouver. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and MOCCA.
Saturday April 30, 7 - 9pm, Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum
Edward Burtynsky: Oil
Internationally renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky presents us with the reality of oil production as its role in our civilization undergoes massive transformation. Presented with the Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre and Scotiabank Group. Organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and made possible with the generous support of the Scotiabank Group.
Sunday May 1, 2 - 5pm, Design Exchange
Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba
Modern history in Africa is depicted against the backdrop of its colonial and post-colonial architectural heritage. Presented with the Design Exchange and Wedge Curatorial Projects. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, with funding provided by the Lannan Foundation.
Tuesday May 3, 7 - 9pm, University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)
Suzy Lake: Political Poetics
A seminal figure in the field of Canadian visual art, Lake's work explores the relationship between image and identity. Organized with UTAC.
Tuesday May 3, 7 - 9pm, The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, UofT Robert Bean: Illuminated Manuscripts
A multi-media installation in Marshall McLuhan's former seminar room. Part of the McLuhan centenary celebrations in 2011. Organized with McLuhan 100, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information Coach House Institute, UofT.
Site-specific Public Installations of photography throughout Toronto, include projects by Giorgio Barrera, Elle Flanders, Pieter Hugo, Robert Longo, Alex McLeod, Alain Paiement, Kevin Schmidt, Josef Schulz, and Diana Thorneycroft. For the first time, CONTACT presents installations in five cities across Canada, with projects by artists Denis Darzacq, Jessica Eaton, Fred Herzog, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, and Maslen & Mehra.
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