CONTACT Public Art Panel
Monday May 6, 6–8pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival initiated its public art program in 2003 with a series of site-specific projects presenting photographs in spaces historically used for advertising. Since then the Festival has produced unique projects annually in numerous high profile sites across Toronto.
Join Canadian and international artists Nadia Belerique, Susan Dobson, Peter Funch, Esther Hovers, Sanaz Mazinani, and Sputnik Photos’ Michal Luczak for a discussion about their varied practices and public projects in the 2019 Festival. Moderated by Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director of CONTACT, the panel will explore the impact of their photo-based installations that confront the dynamics of social and civic life.
Nadia Belerique constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and asks how images perform in contemporary culture. Primarily invested in questions around materiality and dematerialization through the illusion of photographs, her image-based works are often interrupted by sculptural objects. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph, and is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery.
Susan Dobson explores themes of unearthing and rebuilding, and architecture and archaeology are frequently evidenced in her photographs. Her work is also strongly rooted in the medium of photography itself, in its technological and material qualities, its history, and its indexical nature. Dobson’s photographs have been exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals globally. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Peter Funch currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He lived in New York for 13 years as a photographer. Funch graduated as a Photojournalist from the Danish School of Journalism in 1999 and combines the social commentary with a cinematic style. His still and motion work often combines storytelling with a perceptive social commentary in a cinematic visual language. He is working internationally with exhibitions, books, editorial and advertising clients alike, combining his technical perfection with a touch of his Nordic calmness and dry humour.
Esther Hovers is a Dutch artist, who graduated with a BA in photography from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Since graduating her work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, including C/O Berlin Foundation, Foam – Photography Museum of Amsterdam and the National Gallery in Prague. In her practice Esther Hovers investigates how power, politics and control are exercised through urban planning and the use of public space.
Michal Luczak works in Warsaw, lives in Katowice, and often draws on his Silesian roots. In photography, he concentrates on close-by, intimate and often seemingly trivial stories. He is a graduate in photography from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic) and in Iberian Studies from the University of Silesia (Poland). He is a member of Sputnik Collective.
An artist and educator, Sanaz Mazinani is based between San Francisco and Toronto. Working across the disciplines of photography, social sculpture, and large-scale multimedia installations, Mazinani creates informational objects that invite a rethinking of how we see. She holds an undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art & Design and a master’s degree in fine arts from Stanford University.
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CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.
CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 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, Canadian Art, and the Metropolitan.
CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto (StART), Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Goethe-Institut, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.