Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Celebrates 25 Years

The 25th anniversary edition of the festival focuses on virtual programming and commissioned art projects at public spaces across the city.

This year's festival focuses on virtual programming and commissioned art projects across Toronto

(Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival)

For the last 25 years, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has provided a dedicated platform for exceptional lens-based projects by Canadian and international artists. This year's event is no different, with a slightly tweaked format adapted to maintain public safety protocols and keep artists, partners, and audiences safe. 

The 25th Anniversary edition will be extended beyond its customary month-long event in May to roll out programming throughout the year. This year's festival will focus on virtual programming and, as health restrictions permit, commissioned art projects at public spaces across the city.

In keeping with the Festival's traditional May launch, outdoor installations will be on view in public spaces across the city (dates to be confirmed, pending government lockdown guidelines), featuring compelling works by exceptional artists whose practices reflect the intense upheaval of the present day, and global awakenings that have inspired hopeful futures. Issues addressed include the perception of Black bodies in contemporary and colonial paradigms; Indigenous perspectives on land, culture, sovereignty, and colonialism; intersectional experiences of queer artists; representations of women's bodies as sites of power that challenge history; the state of the environment and the impact of human activity on climate change; and isolation, survival, and courage during times of pandemic. 

For more details, head to the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival website.

Win this print!

Win this Takashi Suzuki print from Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival via the CBC Toronto Instagram (BAU grid (CONTACT Edition), 2015 - Takashi Suzuki )

Head over to the CBC Toronto Instagram and describe this print in 5 words for your chance to take home the Takashi Suzuki BAU grid print valued at $1,500. Contest ends May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm, winner will be randomly selected from all entries by June 7. 

BAU grid (CONTACT Edition), 2015 
Takashi Suzuki 
Chromogenic print, 16 x 24 inches 
Signed, on separate label.
Edition of 20, printed in 2015. 
Price: $1,500 plus HST 

Takashi Suzuki (Kyoto, Japan, b. 1971) began the BAU series in 2010 to determine how many sculptural forms he could make with the common household sponge. Through more than 500 works produced over four years, Suzuki explores photography as a means to process visual information and transform how something is perceived. Using multiple colourful sponges, he stacks and assembles both simple and complex constructions. While many resemble monumental forms, others come together in close proximity like a complex symbolic language. Each of Suzuki's photographs denies and transforms the inherent function of the disposable sponge, absolving its humble role in the service of dirty dishes. 

Suzuki's work was presented in Productive Displacement, a public group installation in CONTACT 2015.


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