CONTACT 2018 / Artoronto picks

This the 22nd Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world. With so much choices, with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 200 exhibitions throughout the Greater Toronto Area, it isn’t easy picking exhibits to see.

We all look forward to seeing much more than the ones listed but these caught our interest and everyone is sure to have their own list as well.

PHIL ANDERSON, publisher/writer:

Arcades / Felicity Hammond
April 28–June 16
80 Spadina Ave. Ste 20

Felicity Hammond, Fragment 06, from Arcades, 2018. Courtesy of the artist

Cutting a Figure: Black Style Through the Lens of Charles “Teenie” Harris
April 26–June 7
BAND Gallery
19 Brock Ave

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Man seated between drag performers “Gilda,” and “Junie” Turner wearing Caribbean-style costume, 1945 – 1955. Silver Gelatin print. Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Views from Generation Z / GTA Photography Classes Students
May 5–18
GTA Photography Classes
25 Toronto St. Ste 20

EMESE KRUNÁK-HAJAGOS, publisher/writer:

Moly and Kassandra / Matilda Aslizadeh
May 10–June 30
Pari Nadimi Gallery
254 Niagara St

Matilda Aslizadeh, Moly and Kassandra: Production, 2018. Archival pigment print and metal leaf, 8 × 10″. Courtesy of Pari Nadimi Gallery

Valkyrie Ink / Reka Nyari
May 3–June 9
Coldstream Fine Art
80 Spadina Ave Ste 208

Reka Nyari, Freydis

Outside of Time / Sylvia Galbraith
May 5–June 2
Abbozzo Gallery
401 Richmond St W Ste 128

STEVE ROCKWELL, publisher/writer

Reflections of Hope / Aida Muluneh
April 27–June 29
Aga Khan Park
77 Wynford Drive

Aida Muluneh, Compromise, 2017. Courtesy of Jenkins-Johnson Gallery

Flatland by Aydin Büyüktas
May 2–June 24
Matter Gallery
104a-344 Westmoreland Ave N

Aydin Büyüktas, Hierapolis Necrapol, 2017. Chromogenic print, 47″ × 63″

XIAOTONG CAO, writer/photographer:

Acts That Fade Away / Nadia Myre
April 28–August 5
Ryerson Image Centre, Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall
33 Gould St.

Nadia Myre, Acts that Fade Away, 2016. Still from Decolonial Gestures or Doing it Wrong? Refaire le chemin. Courtesy of the artist, Art Mûr, and the McCord Museum

NATHAN FLINT, writer/photographer:

Bad Stars / Christina Battle
May 4–June 9
Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond St W Ste 12

Incidental Narratives / Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme
May 4–June 30
A Space Gallery
401 Richmond St W Ste 110

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Only the beloved keep our secrets, 2016. Video Still. Courtesy of the artists and Abraaj Art Priz

DANIEL JOYCE, writer/photographer

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca
April 18–June 24
Art Gallery of York University
8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St

Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, SET TO GO, 2016, Film Still (Part I). Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel; Sao Paulo

Façades / Brittany Shepherd
May 10–June 3
Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container
346 Campbell Ave

A Forest of Canoes / Dana Claxton
April 24–August 31
The Bentway
250 Fort York Blvd

TEHNIAT KHAN, writer/photographer:

The Empire, The City / Lori Nix, Kathleen Gerber
May 1–31
Bau-Xi Gallery
350 Dundas St W

Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, Botanic Gardens, 2008. Chromogenic Print, 48 x 65”. Courtesy of Bau-Xi Photo

Dear Ayeeyo / Yasin Osman
May 3–June 16
Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St E

Uprooted and Dispossessed: Portraits of Women Caught in Conflict and Colonialism / Samer Muscati
May 2–31
Hart House – “Talking Walls” Exhibit Space
7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

SUNNY KIM, writer/photographer:

Not The Actual Site / Marleen Sleeuwits
April 30–June 1
Brookfield Place, Allen Lambert Galleria
181 Bay St.

Marleen Sleeuwits, Interior no. 41, 2013. © Marleen Sleeuwits

A Brief History of Me / Ho Tam
May 4–June 2
Paul Petro Contemporary Art
980 Queen St W

NAZLI NAHIDI, writer/photographer:

Black Friday / Sophia Al Maria
April 13 – June 2
Mercer Union – a centre for contemporary art
1286 Bloor St. W.

Sophia Al Maria, Black Friday, 2016, video still. Courtesy of the artist and Third Line, Dubai

CAROLYN PERALTA, writer/photographer:

Evidence / Andrew Drown
May 5–30
Saudade Toronto
1191 Dundas St

Alone Together / Jason Brown
May 1–31
Skylight Gallery, Toronto Public Library
40 Orchard View Blv

The Cohesive Project / Joseph Wyciszkiewicz aka Lavarius, Reynaldo Garcia
May 3–30
The Show Gallery
978 Queen St W

Joseph Wyciszkiewicz AKA Lavarius, A Good Luck

AILEEN QI, writer/photographer: 

newlandia: debaabaminaagwad / Scott Benesiinaabandan
April 25–August 5
Ryerson University – Gould and Bond St / Ryerson University – Devonian Square

Scott Benesiinaabandan, newlandia: debaabaminaagwad, Rock no. 2, (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

DAVID SARIC, writer/photographer

Surveillance States / Trevor Paglen
May 4–June 16
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
401 Richmond St W Ste 124

Trevor Paglen, Near Nogales, 2017. Digital pigment print, Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures (New York)

PATRICIA TABASCIO, writer/photographer:

Confluence II / Tina Berning, Michelangelo Di Battista
April 26–June 9
Alison Milne Gallery
134 Osler St

Tina Berning/Michelangelo Di Battista, Face Project IV, 2007. Archival pigment print, 47.25” x 40”, edition 1 of 7

SIMON TERMINE, writer/photographer

Waking Dream / Bill Jones
May 8 – June 8
John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay St. The Macdonald Block

Bill Jones, Waking Dream, 2017. Film still. Courtesy of the artist.

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