CONTACT is an annual month long festival of photography that takes place at over 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area from May 1 – 31. As the largest photography festival in the world, CONTACT has become a premiere cultural event in Toronto with a broad range of international programming. This includes exhibitions, public installations, films, lectures, seminars and workshops. CONTACT participants, whether acclaimed international artists or local emerging photographers, exhibit in a variety of venues, from major public museums to private galleries and many alternative spaces including subway stations, billboards, the airport and city streets.
CONTACT 2008 examines how photography shapes our understanding of the world around us and the enduring role it plays in the preservation of individual and collective memories. A wide range of images – from the epic to the everyday – look beyond the headlines to explore private and social histories.
Between Memory and History: Throughout the years, CONTACT has questioned photography’s ability to represent the truth, explored rapidly increasing global interconnections and celebrated constructed imagery within a photographic culture. Despite its ever evolving conditions, a fundamental characteristic of the medium – its ability to preserve our individual memories and collective histories – at least for the moment, remains unchanged.
Photography has been associated with memory since its invention and memory has long been described as a continuous exchange of images. As we experience the global shift from film to digital technology, will photographic images merely become “memories made easy”? As the increasing participation in CONTACT demonstrates, photography is prevalent throughout our lives, now more then ever before, and wields a complex relationship to human experience.
APR 26 – MAY 31
CONFABULATION / SHANGHAI DRAGON
TONI HAFKENSCHEID, LOUISE NOGUCHI
Birch Libralato >>
APR 28 – JUN 6
DREAM CITY OF AMERICA
Scotiabank – Main Banking Hall – Scotia Plaza >>
APR 30 – JUN 8
DRAWN FROM MEMORY
Monte Clark Gallery >>
APR 30 – MAY 24
PARKING ON PERSONAL WEBCAMS
Peak Gallery >>
APR 30 – MAY 31
SOMMES-NOUS? TENDANCE FLOUE
PASCAL AIMAR, THIERRY ARDOUIN, DENIS BOURGES, GILLES COULON, OLIVIER CULMANN, MAT JACOB, CATY JAN, PHILIPPE LOPPARELLI, BERTRAND MEUNIER, MEYER, FLORE-AëL SURUN, PATRICK TOURNEBOEUF
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE >>
MAY 1 – 31
Olga Korper Gallery >>
exhibitions listing continues on CONTACT website
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