CONTACT 2020 Wrap-Up

CONTACT presents a recap of highlights from our Online Programs & Exhibitions as May 2020 comes to a close. The CONTACT website presents a rich and diverse range of images and texts, with an individual profile dedicated to each of the more than 150 exhibitions and public installations originally planned for sites across the city in May. Check our website later this summer for CONTACT exhibition and public installation updates, which will be posted as they become available, and follow @contactphoto on Instagram for more CONTACT-related content.

Special THANK YOU to the curators, artists, and art-workers who made this online initiative such a success. Thank you to our CONTACT audiences, for joining and supporting us in this newly adapted facet of the Festival! It’s been a unique and enriching experience, seeing the many ways artists and organizations adapt in times of hardship, and we are proud to be part of such a creative and resilient community.

Take care and keep safe!

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Alberto Giuliani, Annalisa Silvestri, Anaesthesiologist, 2020.

CONTACT presents an ongoing series of portraits by photographer Alberto Giuliani, who has been documenting front-line workers at the San Salvatore Hospital in his hometown of Pesaro, Italy, an epicentre of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Selected portraits are accompanied by extended quotes from the doctors and nurses pictured, speaking to the unfathomable circumstances within which they find themselves.

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In a newly commissioned short video, Polish artist Małgorzata Stankiewicz continues her exploration of landscape photography, conservation, and the climate crisis, while revealing her research and working process.

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In a conversation led by Brad Feuerhelm of the arts and culture podcast Nearest Truth, artist Tereza Zelenkova discusses her past work and new series commissioned by CONTACT for the upcoming solo exhibition, The Double Room, at Campbell House Museum.

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In this new short film, artist duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs present their current project, Future Perfect, in which documentation and fiction come together to reflect on the fragility of the planet.

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CONTACT has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art to jointly present Seraphine, Seraphine, a video work by Krista Belle Stewart, as a complement to the upcoming two-person exhibition with Fatma Bucak, Acts of Erasure, at MOCA.

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In her new video, Nike or Nike, artist Kim Hoeckele deep-dives into her computer’s research folder. Comprising hundreds of photographs, it reveals visual interconnections and the complexity of reference materials used for her billboard project epoch, stage, shell.

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Artists Ryan Walker and Vid Ingelevics present a photo essay that discusses one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto’s history, Waterfront Toronto’s Port Lands Protection Project.

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Visit the CONTACT website for more online initiatives, including curator’s reading lists, online exhibitions, photobook walkthroughs, and more. The submission deadline for the 2020 Burtynsky Grant has been extended until September 28, 2020. Full criteria at our website.


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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, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art, and the Metropolitan.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, 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.