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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 1 to 31, 2017 throughout Toronto. Visit the official website: ScotiabankCONTACTPhoto.com. ShareThis

The World’s Largest Annual Photography Event

Scotiabank CONTACT is the month-long festival of photography that takes place in venues across the Greater Toronto Area from May 1 to 31. As the largest photography festival in the world, Scotiabank CONTACT has become a premiere cultural event with a broad range of international programming. Whether acclaimed international artists or local emerging photographers, participants exhibit in a variety of venues, from major public museums to private galleries and many alternative spaces including billboards, Pearson International Airport and the facades of significant cultural buildings.

Celebrating 20 Years

May 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival. To celebrate this milestone, an expanded program focuses on 20 Primary Exhibitions at major museums and galleries, plus 20 Public Installations at sites across the city. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

UofT Drizzy

(Various locations on St. George Campus.) UofTDrizzy is an anonymous parody instagram account that appropriates images of Toronto rapper Drake, creating the illusion that he is a student at the university. The account, followed by Drake himself, has over 15 thousand followers today.

Prada Marfa

(Richmond Adelaide Centre.) Elmgreen and Dragset’s sculpture Prada Marfa has been permanently installed alongside U.S. highway Route 90 in the northwest of Texas since 2005. Their 8-minute video depicts the sculpture throughout a day’s cycle – presented on a walnut large format monitors, the work is visible 24/7 from the street.

Casa Susanna

(St. Patrick subway station, Dundas Street West & University Avenue.) Recently discovered photo albums from the 1950s and 60s contained hundreds of snapshots depicting cross-dressers united at a large Victorian-style house in small-town New Jersey called Casa Susanna. Documenting the inhabitants, visitors and guests, these images provide insight into a very private club and underground culture in its pre-glam, pre-drag-pose ordinariness.

Cutlines: Newspaper Photography from Globe and Mail

(444 Front Street West.) The graphic device of an editor’s red cancellation mark, interrupts an iconic black and white image presented as a large-scale mural on the building’s north/east facade. The installation speaks of newspaper photography, archives, the intervention of editors and the analogue act of deletion that in pre digital age, still leaves the fingerprint traces of decision making.

Confirmed Artists

Some of the confirmed notable artists to be featured at CONTACT this year include Rodney Graham, Sarah Anne Johnson, Annie MacDonnell, Mickalene Thomas, James Barnor, Kotoma Bouabane, Angela Grauerholtz, Thomas Ruff, Christian Patterson, Raymond Boisjoly, Guy Maddin, Joel Meyerowitz, Leslie Hewitt, Vikky Alexander and more!

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