2021 CONTACT Festival Core Outdoor Projects Now On View


Esmond Lee, Gods Among Us, installation at Malvern Town Centre, Scarborough, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

With the first phase of reopening underway in Ontario, CONTACT is thrilled to highlight selected Core outdoor projects now on view to the public for the summer months! Visit our website for full details on each, and to find additional exhibitions now open throughout the city of Toronto, as well as a selection of virtual initiatives.

Esmond Lee, Gods Among Us
Malvern Town Centre | Jun 1 – Oct 15
Lee’s ongoing project presents a history of Scarborough’s diverse faith communities through representation of provisional places of worship, spaces especially important to newcomers as centers for socializing and worship. Positioned on a curious architectural feature at Malvern Town Centre, the Scarborough-based artist and architect’s images highlight the structure’s cathedral-like qualities. Curated by Ann MacDonald.


Luther Konadu, Figure as Index, installation at Harbourfront Centre, parking pavilion, Toronto, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Luther Konadu, Figure as Index
Harbourfront Centre, parking pavilion | Jun 4 – Sep 6
Framing photography as a collaborative endeavour, Konadu’s ongoing documentary practice features his close family of friends, creating intimate portraits. The Winnipeg-based artist and writer uses visual strategies of layering and collage to encourage a slow reading. His images evolving from this performative process are presented as murals within the active social space of Harbourfront Centre.


Sara Angelucci, Botanica Colossi, installation at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Toronto, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Sara Angelucci, Botanica Colossi
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives | May 1 – Aug 1
For several years, Toronto artist Sara Angelucci has undertaken a close study of nature in a rural area in Southern Ontario. In the darkness of night, she captures detailed ecologies of native plants entwined with cultivated and invasive species. Presented on the exterior of PAMA—formerly the Peel County Land Registry Office, Courthouse, and Jail—Angelucci’s luminous compositions speak to the complicated histories inscribed in this landscape.

Public Programs: Sara Angelucci and Sabrina Maltese in conversation; IMAGE/IMAGINE(ING) A WILD GARDEN: Sara Angelucci in conversation with Charlie Briggs


Vid Ingelevics & Ryan Walker, A Mobile Landscape, installation at ESSROC Cement Silo and Villiers St. Median, Toronto 2021. Courtesy of the artists and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Vid Ingelevics & Ryan Walker, A Mobile Landscape
Port Lands | Jun 4 – April 2022
Since 2019, Toronto-based artists Ingelevics and Walker have charted the ongoing Port Lands Flood Protection Project, one of North America’s most ambitious civil works projects. This second series of photographs installed on utilitarian wooden structures built for their CONTACT 2020 exhibition focuses on the complexities of excavating a post-industrial site and the resulting environmental cleanup. Curated by Chloë Catan.

Also on view now:

Aaron Jones, Seeing Knowledge
Malvern Public Library, façade | May 1 – Jun 30
Jones extends his collage and assemblage practice to create imagery sourced from the branch’s Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage book collection, one of the most significant and comprehensive such collections in Canada. Jones’ work generates compelling juxtapositions between local communities and archival materials that speak to issues of Blackness, history, and Canadiana. Part of Three-Thirty, curated by Anique Jordan.

Ebti Nabag, Bubble of Youth
Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, north façade | May 1 – Jun 30
Nabag’s life-size portraits of high school students celebrate the gestures, body language, fashion, and friendships entangled in the high school experience. Mounted on an external wall of Pearson Collegiate, Nabag’s photo-based mural weaves together the students and their surroundings to imagine ways young people create their own spaces inside and outside of school. Part of Three-Thirty, curated by Anique Jordan.

Leyla Jeyte, if they saw me, i would live
BAND Gallery, exterior | Apr 29 – Aug 31
Jeyte’s images presented on BAND’s fence and building façade offer a glimpse into the lives of the people she encountered during her travels to Kisumu, Kenya. Connecting with her subjects allowed the Toronto-based photographer to witness the ways in which they move through their days. Curated by Claudia Pensa Bowen.

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CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions, and organizations.

CONTACT is generously supported by Scotia Wealth Management, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, BIG Digital, The Globe and Mail, CBC Toronto, Canadian Art, Hyperallergic, Aperture, NOW Magazine, Maclean’s, and Toronto Life.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.