Additional 2021 CONTACT Festival Core Program Outdoor Projects On View


Force Field, Installation at Fort York National Historic Site, Garrison Common, Toronto, 2021. Courtesy of the artists and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

The 25th edition of CONTACT continues throughout the year, with 10+ Core Program outdoor projects on view throughout the summer months! For selected installations, a QR code posted onsite will bring the viewer to the project’s webpage, featuring an audio track of the artist or curator speaking about the work—listen onsite or from home. Updates on project locations and dates are available on the CONTACT website’s new interactive map.

Group Exhibition, Force Field
Fort York National Historic Site | Jun 15 – Sep 1
This Indigiqueer, immersive intervention in Tkarón:to features artworks by Dayna Danger (Métis/Saulteaux/Polish), Ange Loft (Kahnawake Mohawk), Peter Morin (Talhtan Nation), and Fallon Simard (Anishinaabe-Métis). As a series of curved panoramic billboards arranged in a circular formation, the installation draws inspiration from the medicine wheel, each artist responding to one of the four directions and its associated natural element. Curated by Logan MacDonald.


Erik Kessels & Thomas Mailaender, Play Public, Installation at Canoe Landing, Toronto, 2021. Courtesy of the artists, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and The Bentway Conservancy. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Erik Kessels & Thomas Mailaender, Play Public
The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing | Jun 17 – Sep 26
Dutch artist and designer Erik Kessels and French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender each take the absurd very seriously. Joining forces for this collaborative project, they draw from the photographic archives of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to activate a newly constructed urban playscape, resurrecting the past to create new experiences in the present. Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein.

Check the website for more information on upcoming installations:

Gohar Dashti, Land/s | Aga Khan Museum and Park
Max Dean, Andrew Savery-Whiteway, McAlister Zeller-Newman, Still—Your Bubble | Itinerant Photo Studio
Group Exhibition, New Generation Photography Award | Ryerson University, Gould St.
Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Future Perfect | Metro Hall
Skawennati, Calico & Camouflage: Assemble! | Yonge-Dundas Square
Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Lassen (This Is an Emergency) | Street-level sites throughout Toronto

In addition to CONTACT’s Core outdoor installations, Core Program Exhibitions and Juried Call Exhibitions planned at established galleries, and Open Call Exhibitions at galleries and alternative locations across the city, will open when possible throughout the year. Several of these can be seen outdoors, in storefront windows, or virtually, while other venues plan to safely welcome visitors by appointment as government guidelines permit. Visit CONTACT’s website for regular updates, and check venues’ websites or call ahead for the most accurate information on public hours or closures.

Also on view now:

Sara Angelucci, Botanica Colossi
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives | May 1 – Aug 1

Leyla Jeyte, if they saw me, i would live
BAND Gallery, exterior | Apr 29 – Aug 31

Aaron Jones, Seeing Knowledge
Malvern Public Library, façade | May 1 – Sep 6

Ebti Nabag, Bubble of Youth
Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, north façade | May 1 – Sep 6

Luther Konadu, Figure as Index
Harbourfront Centre, parking pavilion | Jun 4 – Sep 6

Greg Staats, for at least one day, you should continue to breathe clearly
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site | Jun 11 – Sep 6

Esmond Lee, Gods Among Us
Malvern Town Centre | Jun 1 – Oct 15

Vid Ingelevics & Ryan Walker, A Mobile Landscape
Port Lands | Jun 4 – April 2022

Sasha Huber, YOU NAME IT
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, south façade | Jun 4 – May 8, 2022

Esmaa Mohamoud, The Brotherhood FUBU (For Us, By Us)
Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre | Jun 9, 2021 – Apr 2023


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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.