CONTACT Photo Festival starts tomorrow in Toronto! Continues through May 31st

An amazing month ahead in Toronto for photography!

Visit the CONTACT website for complete details.

This weekend’s launch includes the following events, from the website:

Festival Launch & The Mechanical Bride Opening

Friday April 30, 7 – 10pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
952 Queen St W

Come celebrate the launch of the 2010 festival and the opening of The Mechanical

Bride, one of three primary exhibitions in CONTACT this year. Mirroring a world devoted to the

image, this critically provocative exhibition explores the social and cultural affect of

images and their emotional and political implications. Artists John Armstrong &

Paul Collins, Dana Claxton, Kota Ezawa, Jacqueline Hassink, David LaChapelle,

Ryan McGinley, Josephine Meckseper, Matt Siber, Alec Soth and Britta Thie reveal

the vital connections between mass media, advertising, painting and photography.

Opening Saturday May 1, 7:30 – 9:30pm

The Brothel Without Walls
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 Kings College Circle

The pervasiveness of photography leads us to question its effects on society. Exploring

photographs as “dreams that money can buy” and how the illusions images create are

often preferable to reality, the exhibition features works by Susan Anderson, Evan

Baden, Douglas Coupland, Jessica Dimmock, Marina Gadonneix, Clunie Reid,

Stefan Ruiz, Joachim Schmid and Christopher Wahl.

Through the Vanishing Point
University of Toronto Art Centre
39A Queens Park Cres E

Canadian artists David Rokeby and Lewis Kaye were commissioned to create two

distinct but complementary works at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology.

The artists visually and aurally reconstruct McLuhan’s presence in his former seminar

room at the site commonly known as the Coach House.

Featured Exhibition Openings

Thursday April 29

Thaddeus Holownia – Silver Ghost, 2 – 5pmNICHOLAS METIVIER GALLERY
Carlos & Jason Sanchez, 6 – 8pm

Jakub Dolejš / Andrée Gagné / Tim Roda
Survey 2002 – 2007 / Homeless . Home / Familia Lavandria . Family Laundry, 6 – 9pm

Stan Denniston – Los Soñadors, 6 – 9pm

Penelope Umbrico – Broken Sets/eBAY, 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk – Penelope Umbrico

Thursday April 29, 4pm
P|M Gallery

Umbrico speaks about her exhibition Broken Sets/eBay and her public installation at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1.

Featured Exhibition Openings

Saturday May 1

Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography from The Wedge Collection, 2 – 5pmSTEPHEN BULGER GALLERY
The Pervasive View: Vintage Prints from the National Geographic Image Collection, 2 – 5pm

Marina Black – The Versts (Версты), 2 – 5pm

Artist Talk – Hank Willis Thomas

Saturday May 1, 1pm
Parking Lot, NE Corner of Spadina Ave & Front St

Join us for an informal gathering to celebrate the opening of Thomas’ public installation.

His work looks at race, class, and history through the lens of advertising, focusing primarily

on the image of the African American male. Weather permitting.

Lecture – Nobody Can Commit Photography Alone

Saturday May 1, 6pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
Please call or e-mail for reservations. Seating is limited.
416 978 1838

Curators Matthew Brower and Bonnie Rubenstein in conversation with artists featured

in The Brothel Without Walls (UTAC) and Through the Vanishing Point (McLuhan Program)

discuss the relationship between Marshall McLuhan’s media theory and today’s photographic

and artistic practices.

Artist Talk – John Armstrong & Paul Collins

Sunday May 2, 12pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Armstrong & Collins speak about their series of colour photographs on which they have

painted images, text and swatches of colour, featured in the exhibition The Mechanical Bride.

Collaborating since 2000, Armstrong & Collins, have had over 20 exhibitions in Canada and


Artist Talk – Jacqueline Hassink

Sunday May 2, 1pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink has received critical acclaim for her work exploring

issues of power and social relations. Hassink created Car Girls over the course of five

years, photographing major car shows in seven different cities on three continents.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Panel Discussion – Always Moving Forward

Sunday May 2, 3pm
Gallery 44

A round-table discussion about the effects of urbanization and global advertising on

photographic explorations of contemporary African identity. Moderated by Sally Frater,

Programming Director at the Print Studio in Hamilton, with panelists Elizabeth Harney,

Associate Professor, Art Department (U of T), curator Kenneth Montague and exhibition


Film – The True Meaning of Pictures

Sunday May 2, 10:30pm
Tune in on TVO

Do photographer Shelby Lee Adams’ depictions of Eastern Kentucky’s mountain communities reinforce hillbilly stereotypes? Or do they simply document a way of life far-removed from modern American culture? Historically, the people of the Appalachians have been labeled by mainstream America as inbred, poor and lazy. This film examines the history of representation in the region and the current attitude towards it, and gives viewers conflicting perspectives on Adams’ work.

Open Exhibition Receptions

Various venues & times

Over 70 Open Exhibition receptions this weekend across the city!

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 310
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
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