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Philippe Chancel

Hot Art: The Contact Festival’s Primary Shows

An image from Philippe Chancel's Arirang series (photo courtesy of Erick Franck Fine Art)

APRIL 27 TO JUNE 3 The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival returns to display the work of more than 1,000 image-makers. These days, nearly everyone can instantly shoot and disseminate photos; it’s fitting that this year’s event explores the concept of “public”—not only how images capture the places and spaces in which we act, but also how they expose issues of common interest and influence social perspective. Over 200 venues participate in the showcase, but its must-see primary exhibitions are at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art , where the festival theme is explored by the likes of Philippe Chancel, whose Arirang series, depicts a gathering in North Korea.