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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival


The Gladstone is pleased to participate in the 22nd Annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. As part of CONTACT, The Gladstone will be showcasing photography on the 2nd, 3rd + 4th floors of Gallery space and will be on display for the full month of May 2018 (12-5pm Daily).

As a Featured Exhibition Venue, The Gladstone Hotel has been a long-standing partner of CONTACT and hub of activity during the festival including the CONTACT Portfolio Reviews.

The Featured Exhibitions program showcases high-calibre exhibitions and recognizes exceptional photo-based projects. Featured Exhibitions are subject to a juried submission process, and are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in the Festival.

Featured Exhibitions are highlighted prominently in the Festival’s communications, including the CONTACT catalogue, website, and newsletter; they also benefit from promotion and coverage through CONTACT’s extensive public relations initiatives, drawing significant attention to the artists and venues involved.

CONTACT 2016 (Ian Willms, Nick Kozak)
CONTACT 2017 (Mark Sommerfeld, MUSE: Group Exbt.)


CONTACT 2018 Participants:

Yannick Anton: Limited Edition

2nd Floor Gallery, May 3 – June 2

The formal studio family portrait was once a sign of wealth and social privilege; however, many people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SAA, and intersectional have historically been under-represented in this traditional archive. This absence, in many ways, is an extension of a multi-tiered act of cultural genocide and misrepresentation in the mainstream media. If we are not seen, who are we? If we are not seen, did we exist? If we are misrepresented, what is our true story?

A photograph, in this sense, is a declaration. Oftentimes the aforementioned were only captured negatively—like animals or specimens. This exhibition aims to represent the historically under-represented through a series of portraits, giving power back to the individual and family, in all of its many variations. We are here. And we will be seen.


Evan Rensch: Into the Fire

3rd Floor Gallery, May 9 – June 9

A renowned geological wonder, the Hawaiian archipelago first emerged several million years ago as the product of countless volcanic eruptions forced from within the Earth’s core. Today, most islands in the chain lie dormant, yet there is still one area of geological growth to be found. Located on the “Big Island” of Hawaii and considered the world’s most active volcano, Kīlauea has been continuously erupting since 1983. Throughout this time, it has covered the surrounding landscape with molten lava and threatened the homes of nearby residents. Nowhere has the impact of Kīlauea been felt more severely than in the small community of Kalapana. Despite the constant danger posed by the volcano, Kalapana remains populated today by a small group of residents who are attracted to Kīlauea’s unstable—yet captivating—energy. In the series Into the Fire, Canadian photographer Evan Rensch portrays these eclectic individuals as they negotiate an environment caught between the poles of destruction and renewal. Thematically, the work juxtaposes the complexity of human psychology with the rhythmic pulse of nature, revealing a deeply intertwined—yet highly fraught—relationship.


About CONTACT Photography Festival:

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival marked its 22nd year in May 2018. From enduring practices to new forms of expression, the Festival showcases a diverse range of photo-based works by artists exploring diverse subjects, motivated by artistic innovation and critical discourse locally, nationally and internationally. Collaborating with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic imagery that reflects issues relevant to our times and the history of the medium. In high profile sites, installations of images transform everyday activity in public space into unique encounters with works of art that resonate with their environment.

CONTACT’s community initiatives foster a wide range of interest in photography and enable meaningful exchanges between the people who make and present art, and those that view it. Selected through a call for submissions, Featured Exhibitions of lens-based works by artists from Canada and around the world are presented at established galleries across the city.

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.


Images (left to right): Mark Sommerfeld (CONTACT ’17: 2nd Flr), Annie Sakkab as part of MUSE Group Show (CONTACT ’17: 3rd + 4th Flr), Ian Willms (CONTACT ’16: 2nd Flr), Nick Kozak (CONTACT ’16: 3rd + 4th Flr).