CONTACT 2023 / Artoronto picks

Its 27th Edition, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival features over 180 exhibitions and outdoor installations by Canadian and International artists throughout the Greater Toronto Area. So, it won’t easy to pick 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.

EMESE KRUNAK-HAJAGOS / publisher, writer

Meryl McMaster: Bloodline
Feb 4–May 28
The McMichael Canadian Museum

Meryl McMaster, Remember The Sky You Were Born Under, 2022, from the series ôhkominak âcimowina / Stories of my Grandmothers. Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

Jean-François Bouchard: Exile from Babylon
Apr 27–Jul 1
Arsenal Contemporary

Jean-François Bouchard, Tree of Life #2, 2022. From the series Exile from Babylon. Courtesy of the artist and Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto

PHIL ANDERSON / publisher, writer, photographer

Maïmouna Guerresi: Sebaätou Rijal & Villes Nouvelles and Ancient Shadows
Apr 29–Sep 4
Aga Khan Museum

Maïmouna Guerresi, VN&AS N20, from the series Villes Nouvelles & Ancient Shadows. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery ©Maïmouna Guerresi

Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear
Apr 7–Oct 1
Art Gallery of Ontario

Wolfgang Tillmans, Deer Hirsch, 1995. Courtesy of the artist, David Zwirner, New York/Hong Kong, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, Maureen Paley, London.

CATHY LIU / media

Christine Flynn: WAVES
May 4–27
Dianna Witte Gallery

Christine Flynn, Scottish Surfer, 2023, (photograph with mixed media; 36x60in). Courtesy of the artist and Dianna Witte Gallery

Linh VH Nguyen: Quay lại, Xem lại – Landscapes of Northwest Vietnam
May 4–Jun 7
Dzô Viet Eatery

Linh VH Nguyen, Step ladder fields in Sin Suoi Ho – Ruộng ở Sìn Suối Hồ, 2023

ELIN MACRAE / writer

Margaret Gdyczynski: Ephemeral Light
May 1–Jun 30
Extra Butter Coffee

Margaret Gdyczynski, The Sonndr, 2023

Scott McFarland: Night Ship
Apr 27–Jul 15
Blouin Division

Scott McFarland, Untitled #1 (Night Ship), 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Blouin Division Gallery


Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs: Man is in the Forest
May 5–July 1
A Space Gallery

Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Forest on Location, 2018 (HD Video and Sound, 11:45 mins). Courtesy of the artists and AKINCI, Amsterdam

Sarah Anne Johnson: Woodland
May 6–Jun 25
Stephen Bulger Gallery

Sarah Anne Johnson, PTST, 2022 (unique pigment print with hand-applied photo-spotting ink). Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.


Pengkuei Ben Huang, Coastal Mammoth: The Great Sea Wall Of Japan
May 3–27
Elaine Fleck Gallery

Pengkuei Ben Huang, Seawall #2, Ofunato, 2019

Anahí González: Hacia Arriba / Upward
May 26–Jul 8
Xpace Cultural Centre

Anahí González, Atrapado, 2022, from the series Allá Más Al Norte. Courtesy of the artist


Karabo Mooki: Dogg Pound Days
April 27 – May 28
Meridian Arts Centre

Karabo Mooki, Fatherless Kids, 2016, Courtesy of the artist

Group Exhibition: Tumbling in Harness
May 3 – July 22
Art Museum U of T

Vunkwan Tam, Untitled (The traffic noise arched over a bubbling mass of public conversation and pattering footsteps on concrete), 2021 (readymade sculpture; installation view: F, 2022). Courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery. Photo: Michael Yu


Heidi McKenzie, Reclaimed: Indo-Caribbean HerStories
May 4 – Aug 27
Gardiner Museum

Heidi McKenzie, Looking Back: No. 2, Ceramic pigment photo decals fired onto hand rolled porcelain, cedar frame, hardware, 2023

Sunday School: Feels Like Home
May 6, 2023 – May 31, 2024
Art Gallery of Ontario

Sunday School, from the series Jump Ball, 2019, from the series Jump Ball. Courtesy of Sunday School. ©Sunday School

Images are courtesy of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

To make your own selection of exhibition visits please click here.

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