More 2021 CONTACT Festival Core Outdoor Projects Now On View
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! 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. Visit our website for full details on each project, and to find additional exhibitions now open throughout the city of Toronto, as well as a selection of virtual initiatives.
Esmaa Mohamoud, The Brotherhood FUBU (For Us, By Us)
Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre | Jun 9, 2021 – 2023
Focusing on the physical connection between Black male bodies through the symbol of the du rag, the Toronto- and Markham-based artist confronts the dynamics of gender and race. Her massive photographic mural commandingly occupies public space, and opens a powerful dialogue about systemic inequity while signaling positive change. Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein.
Frida Orupabo, Woman with book / Woman with snake
460 King St W, north façade | Jun 3 – Aug 31
Exploring questions of race, gender, culture, class, and their complex intersections, the Oslo-based, Nigerian-Norwegian artist fuses varied archival materials to question colonial and modern representations of Black womanhood. Positioned on the façade of a Victorian-era building, Orupabo’s monumental images portray Black women’s bodies as sites of knowledge and empowerment. Woman with Book is the first work in a two-part presentation at this site; Woman with snake will be displayed beginning in September. Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein.
Greg Staats, for at least one day, you should continue to breathe clearly
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site | Jun 11 – Sep 6
In this commissioned site-specific installation, Six Nations Hodinǫhsǫ:ni, Toronto-based artist Greg Staats transforms the Papermill building with photographic imagery and pictographic representations, creating a dialogue between the site and the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and conveying a photographic narrative of renewal derived from the Mohawk condolence ceremony. Curated by Philip Monk.
Sasha Huber, YOU NAME IT
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, south façade | Jun 4, 2021 – May 8, 2022
The Helsinki-based artist’s practice investigates the ways colonial history is imprinted in the landscape through acts of remembrance. Her photographic mural Rentyhorn documents a reparative intervention aiming to rename the Alpine peak Agassizhorn, named after the “scientific” racist Louis Agassiz. Rentyhorn is a prelude to Huber’s first Canadian solo exhibition at The Power Plant, Jan 29 – May 8, 2022. Curated by Justine Kohleal.
Also on view now:
Aaron Jones, Seeing Knowledge
Malvern Public Library, façade | May 1 – **EXTENDED to September 6th
Ebti Nabag, Bubble of Youth
Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, north façade | May 1 – **EXTENDED to September 6th
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
Luther Konadu, Figure as Index
Harbourfront Centre, parking pavilion | Jun 4 – Sep 6
Erik Kessels & Thomas Mailaender, Play Public
The Bentway at Canoe Landing | Jun 17 – Sep 26
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
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205 (office and gallery currently closed to the public)
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
416 539 9595
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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.