Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2022 Programming Announced

Tyler Mitchell, Tangled, 2021, © Tyler Mitchell. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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For its 26th edition, CONTACT continues its commitment to supporting an exceptional range of projects by Canadian and international lens-based artists and a diverse array of exhibitions in museums, galleries, public sites, and alternative spaces throughout Toronto.

CONTACT’s 2022 website reveals a selection of artwork and exhibition essays from its Core Program of Exhibitions (collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres) and Outdoor Installations—CONTACT’s signature site-specific public art projects. CONTACT’s Public Programs, including artist talks, conversations, films, videos, and digital works, will be announced on the website in mid-April.

The site also includes listings for all Open Call Exhibitions, the festival’s community-based program that features a range of works by local and international artists at galleries and alternative spaces across the city.

American artist Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995) will be featured in a multi-faceted exhibition titled Cultural Turns that includes work on view at the CONTACT Gallery, April 28 – June 30, 2022, as well as in outdoor public installations at Toronto’s Metro Hall and on two downtown billboards during the month of May. Organized by British curator and cultural historian Mark Sealy, PhD OBE, director of Autograph ABP, the project represents the artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada and his first public installation work. A conversation between Mitchell and Sealy will be held at the Gladstone House on May 4, 6 – 8pm, with an exhibition reception at CONTACT Gallery the following day, May 5, 6 – 9pm.

All of the Festival’s exhibitions and programs are free of charge and open to the public (with some exceptions at major museums). CONTACT endeavours to make the Festival inclusive and accessible to all, however, due to the community-generated nature of some elements of the Festival, not all venues are able to accommodate specific accessibility needs. Contact us or specific venues for any enquiries. Please respect and plan for continuing COVID precautions such as masking and social distancing at participating venues.

CONTACT is made possible by the generous support of title sponsor Scotia Wealth Management and the Festival’s many funders, donors, and partners. We thank them for their participation in the Festival’s 26th edition.


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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, 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, Saman Design, Steam Whistle Brewing, BIG Digital, The Globe and Mail, CBC Toronto, British Journal of Photography, Hyperallergic, Aperture, Contemporary And, Momus, Art Papers, and NOW Magazine.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.