Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival – 25th Anniversary Edition


Website image: Esmaa Mohamoud, The Brotherhood FUBU (For Us, By Us) [detail], 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects.

The year 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and we maintain a steadfast commitment to our mission of providing a platform for exceptional lens-based projects by local and international artists.

We are excited to launch a redesigned website featuring an array of powerful images and texts about each exhibition and outdoor installation planned for the 2021 Festival. Rolling out throughout May and beyond, enjoy online conversations, audio features, videos, and photo essays.

Explore the diverse range of work by artists in the 25th Edition, who include:

Laia Abril, Nicholas Aiden, Sara Angelucci, Dawoud Bey, Jeff Bierk, Dustin Brons, Lacie Burning, Dana Claxton, Nicole Coon, Jenni Crain, Dayna Danger, Gohar Dashti, Max Dean, Susan Dobson, Chris Donovan, John Edmonds, nichola feldman-kiss, Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Noah Friebel, Séamus Gallagher, Kim Hoeckele, Tom Hsu, Sasha Huber, Lili Huston-Herterich, Onyeka Igwe, Vid Ingelevics & Ryan Walker, Leyla Jeyte, Aaron Jones, Erik Kessels & Thomas Mailaender, Luther Konadu, Christopher Lacroix, Esmond Lee, Emmanuelle Léonard, Christina Leslie, Ange Loft, Margit Lukacs & Persijn Broersen, Wardell Milan, Sebastein Miller, Esmaa Mohamoud, Peter Morin, Chris Myhr, Ebti Nabag, Wynne Neilly & Kyle Lasky, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Isabel Okoro, Bidemi Oloyede, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Frida Orupabo, Michelle Panting, Curtiss Randolph, Brianna Roye, Jon Sasaki, Thirza Schaap, Fallon Simard, Skawennati, Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Greg Staats, Katherine Takpannie, Timothy Yanick Hunter, Miao Ying, Rehana Zaman, and Tereza Zelenkova, among many others.

Follow @contactphoto on Instagram, where we will present an ongoing look back at selected public installations from throughout the Festival’s history.

The Festival’s dates and schedule have been affected by the current stay-at-home order in Ontario, effective until May 20, 2021. Please check the CONTACT website regularly for updates, and be sure to call ahead or check individual venues’ websites for the most accurate information on public hours or closures.


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.