Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival is the world’s largest photography event, and this year marks the 22nd anniversary. Every year throughout the month of May, Toronto and surrounding areas become swept up in the intricate and intimate world of photography, as more than 200 exhibitions are presented in varying venues. The festival offers everything from curated and featured exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, and opening receptions.
The Gladstone has proudly been a participating gallery in CONTACT for the past few years, and we’re looking forward to what 2018 will have in store!
Which exhibitions are we most excited for?
Yannick Anton: Limited Edition
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery
May 3 – June 2
Anton’s work challenges the generic representation of white, middle and upper class family portraits by photographing families of colour, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and people who have been misrepresented throughout history. Anton proposes the idea that through photographing and accurately representing these demographics, he is securing their place in history.
Opening Reception on May 10, 7-10pm
Evan Rensch: Into the Fire
Gladstone Hotel, 3rd Floor Gallery
May 9 – June 9
Canadian photographer Evan Rensch has travelled to the ever-changing landscape of Hawaii, specifically the area surrounding the world’s most active volcano, Kilaueu. The exhibition focuses on those who have been affected most by this: the residents of Kalapana. Rensch has beautifully captured how the residents face daily challenges, and have become energized by the volcanic activity of the island.
Opening Reception on May 10, 7-10pm
Caroline Monnet: History shall speak for itself
TIFF Bell Lightbox
April 26 – May 31
One of this year’s public installations will be Caroline Monnet’s mural, to be found on the street-level windows of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. As a multidisciplinary artist, Monnet has used her work to express issues revolving around Indigenous representation in the media. This large-scale mural particularly focuses on female Indigenous representation in film, and ties together the past through stills from National Film Board archives and contemporary views of the European-influenced aesthetic of the Indigenous cultures.
Sunil Gupta: Friends and Lovers – Coming out in Montreal in the ‘70s
Stephen Bulger Gallery
April 21 – May 26
Taking a look back at his early years in Montreal as a recent immigrant from India, photographer Sunil Gupta’s exhibition highlights the gay movement in Montreal through marches, places and experiences, and his own place-finding during this time.
Piero Martinello: Radicalia
Campbell House Museum
May 1 – June 17
Working through what it means to be considered an “outsider,” photographer Piero Martinello has created an exhibition that highlights the men and women of Italy who have braved the other side of society. From nuns, to criminals, to ravers — this exhibition challenges the way the viewer would typically portray these members of society.
Charlie Engman: Mom
May 3 – June 16
Charlie Engman’s mother has been acting as his model for almost a decade, often blurring the lines of a typical mother-son relationship. The exhibition highlights Engman’s ability to transform someone, or something, you hold so dear into an entirely new identity. The Brooklyn-based photographer can often be found doing editorial photoshoots, however it is projects such as this one that demonstrate his ability to capture the extraordinary.
The CONTACT 2018 Festival launch will be on April 27, 7pm at the Ryerson Image Centre. Check out these exhibitions and more throughout the run of the festival!