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Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Harry Enchin

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Courtesy of Bezpala Brown Gallery

Courtesy of Bezpala Brown Gallery

Photo: Bay and College 2A 1930/2012, 2012
Artist: Harry Enchin
Exhibition: From April 27 to May 22, Bezpala Brown Gallery hosts Enchin’s photo-collage series “Toronto Time,” which interweaves contemporary and bygone elements of this city in a commentary on its historical and ongoing growth.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Meryl McMaster

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Contact Photography Festival - Katzman Kamen Gallery

Photo: Aphoristic Currents, 2013
Artist: Meryl McMaster
Exhibition: From April 17 to June 1, Katzman Kamen Gallery presents Meryl McMaster’s “In-Between Worlds” series, in which the artist constructs images that attempt to reconcile her aboriginal and European heritage.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Anthony Macri

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Photo: Alison Milne Gallery

Courtesy of Alison Milne Gallery

Photo: Michigan Theatre, 2004
Artist: Anthony Macri
Exhibition: From May 8 to June 22, Contact Festival-goers will find an intriguing counterpoint to Sebastião Salgado’s unspoiled visuals in the work of Toronto-based shooter Macri; his photos at Alison Milne Gallery depict landscapes that were long ago transformed by the machinations of commerce and industry, but which are now abandoned and decaying. Skeletal factories, derelict theatres, forgotten oil refineries—through Macri’s lens these monuments to obsolescence are imbued with a bleak majesty, yet their scars remain visible, marking economic strife, societal shifts and the temporal nature of all things.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Lynne Cohen

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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© Lynne Cohen

© Lynne Cohen

Photo: Untitled, 2012
Artist: Lynne Cohen
Exhibition: From May 4 to June 28, Olga Korper Gallery features a mix of older and new images by award-winning Montreal photographer Lynne Cohen, who has long fixed her lens on uninhabited public and private spaces.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Erik Kessels

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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© Gijs van den Berg

© Gijs van den Berg

Photo: 24 Hours in Photography, Installation at Foam Amsterdam, 2011
Artist: Erik Kessels
Exhibition: From May 1 to June 15, the Contact Gallery (80 Spadina Ave., unit 310) is literally filled with photographs assembled by Erik Kessels. For his installation, 24 Hours in Photography, the Dutch artist downloaded and printed every picture uploaded over a 24-hour period by users of the Flickr photo-sharing website, to demonstrate how the Internet’s superfluity allows images to “exist simultaneously as precious memories and paper detritus.”

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Max Regenberg

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Courtesy of Corkin Gallery

Courtesy of Corkin Gallery

Photo: Jasper Johns # 1998, L.B. System Köln-Butzweilerhof, 1998
Artist: Max Regenberg
Exhibition: From May 1 to 31, Regenberg’s stark billboard-blighted photographs, in which “advertising myths meet the urban landscape of western European and North American cities,” are on display at Corkin Gallery.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Sebastião Salgado

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Photo © Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas Images

© Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas Images

Photo: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska, 2009
Artist: Sebastião Salgado
Exhibition: From May 4 to September 2, Brazilian photographer Salgado brings to the Royal Ontario Museum his “Genesis” series, which collects more than 200 images of rarely glimpsed environments and people that have managed to avoid the potentially corrupting encroach of modern society.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Kelly Richardson

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Courtesy of Birch Libralato

Courtesy of Birch Libralato

Photo: Orion Tide, 2012-13
Artist: Kelly Richardson
Exhibition: From May 2 to June 8, Birch Libralato presents Richardson’s latest video installation and large-scale photographic work, Orion Tide. Digitally constructed, the science fiction–inspired scene is striking in its ambiguity: does it depict spacecraft departing an apocalyptic earth, or are the vessels simply embarking on a grand interstellar expedition?

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Archive of Modern Conflict

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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Photo: Archive of Modern Conflict

Courtesy of the Archive of Modern Conflict

Photo: Sand Dunes, circa 1890
Artist: Charles Henry Turner
Exhibition: From May 2 to June 2, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents “Collected Shadows,” an exhibition assembled by the Archive of Modern Conflict, a organization that employs “unexpected juxtapositions and associations across time periods, geographies, techniques and subject matter” to tell stories through archival photography.

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Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Arnaud Maggs

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

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© Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery

© Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery

Photo: After Nadar: Pierrot Turning (detail), 2012
Artist: Arnaud Maggs
Exhibition: From May 1 to June 2, the Ryerson Image Centre presents a retrospective of Maggs’s works in honour of his 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award win.

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Weekend Roundup: May 25 to 27

Sunday: Akosua Amo-Adem and Soulpepper Academy artists perform Dirt (photo by Nathan Kelly)

Friday, May 25
More than 75 bags of dirt fill the Tank House Theatre stage (at the Yonge Centre for the Performing Arts) as the Soulpepper Academy performs Dirt, their theatrical production that revolves around the literal and metaphorical use of, well, dirt. Whether it’s the substance under your fingernails or a dirty secret, the show explores the use of dirt through stories, movement and technology.

Mayer Hawthorne, known for mixing “old school” soul with “new school” sounds, draws inspiration from classic singers like Smokey Robinson. He’s currently on tour with his second album How Do You Do? and swings into T.O. tonight for a show at The Hoxton.

Head to Harboufront Centre tonight for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s Arena, a dramatic program of six contemporary works. Among the dynamic offerings are two premieres, one choreographed by the 2012 resident guest artist Sylvie Bouchard, the other by Deborah Lundmark, the company’s founding artistic director. (more…)

Hot Art: Deborah Samuel Gets Down to the Bone

Deborah Samuel's Barred Owl I

TO JULY 2 Science and art converge at the Royal Ontario Museum, which this month offers an intimate look at life and death courtesy of Deborah Samuel. For her Contact Festival feature exhibition, entitled Elegy, the photographic artist scanned the skeletons of birds reptiles and other animals to create poetically minimal, x-ray-like images. Reminiscent of photos in an anatomy textbook, Samuel’s works seem to offer an objective, unmediated look at their subjects. And yet, the pieces transcend simple documentation, inviting the viewer to contemplate each specimen’s fate, and the fragility of our own existence.