This year’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival features exhibitions at more than 200 venues across the city. Make the most of your festival experience by concentrating your gallery-hopping within specific Toronto neighbourhoods, such as the Distillery Historic District.
Julie M. Gallery
Shai Kremer: Fallen Empires (May 5 to June 12)
Monumental ruins document the effect of imperial dominance on Israel’s architectural landscape in this series of images at Julie M. Gallery. Kremer explores the scarred terrain’s representation of cultural conflict, physical manifestations of power and resistance, and the normalization of violence.
Laura Carnie, Bob Carnie, Mark Freedman and Dennis Lalonde: Land Escapes (April 29 to May 15)
An examination of the power of perspective, and how the landscape can be viewed differently depending on varying attitudes and perceptions, which are constantly changing. This collection at Arta Gallery transitions from the natural beauty of the landscape to a haunting post-apocalyptic vision.
Ozant Kamaci, Salina Kassam, Marilyn Lightstone, Misha Masek, Mehraban Mehrabani, Atossa Nami, Kimia Rahgozar, Sue Russell, Reza Ta and Dave Todon: The Idea of Nature (May 18 to 31)
Ten artists come together to share perspective on the beautiful and tragic relationship between humanity and nature, by expressing his or her daily, personal interaction with our fragile planet.
Proof Studio Gallery
John Drajewicz, Natalie Drajewicz, Sheila Jonah: F&G (April 30 to May 31)
Not just simple, objective representations, photographs can, in fact, destabilize one’s notion of reality. The images on display at Proof Studio Gallery tease the mind and engage thoughts with their ambiguous scale.
Carlos Cazalis: Urban Shadows (May 1 to 31)
This pictorial journey through both the vastness of urban landscapes and the interiors of squatter shacks exposes the damaging effects of overpopulation on the environment. Osaka, Japan and Dhaka, Bangladesh are shown as examples of cities that reflect the growing disparity between economically underprivileged classes and the wealthy.
Monte Clark Gallery
Chris Gergley: Field Work (May 5 to June 12)
Large-scale colour photographs by Chris Gergley capture the contrast between man-made subjects and nature. Featured at Monte Clark Gallery, this exhibition investigates landscape and the subject’s relationship to its contemporary environment.
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*All images courtesy of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival unless otherwise noted.