The Toronto subway system is not known as a venue for provocative art, but commuters may do a double take when they see what will be displayed in 60 stations next month.

Passengers will be confronted by "disquieting scenes" and "humorous tableaux with ominous overtones," say organizers of Contacting Toronto, part of the annual Contact photography festival that runs May 1-31.

The works will appear in slide shows on 300 screens visible on subway platforms.

They include images by Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft, who uses iconic Group of Seven landscapes as backdrops for various forms of mayhem.

David Trautrimas of Toronto conjures up apocalyptic settings with photos of disassembled electronic objects.

Also participating in the exhibition are artists Bill Finger of Seattle and Alex McLeod of Toronto.