Scotiabank 'CONTACT' Photography Festival

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00am to Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 7:00am

Scotiabank 'CONTACT' Photography Festival

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Connections Gallery

May 16-June 30 2019

Opening Reception-May 17 from 6-9pm

1840 Danforth Avenue





The Halide Project

March 1-17 2019

1627 N 2nd street



Venue & Address: 
Connection Gallery, 1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto AND
Digital Screen: 

Call for Applications - CONTACT Photography Festival Image Manager/Production Assistant

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is accepting applications for the full-time position of Image Manager/ Production Assistant. This position will support the Artistic Project Coordinator on various production tasks pertaining to exhibitions and the Public Installation program. 


Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Nino Ardizzi, Lori Beckstead, Myra Burney, Kevin Cherry, Gerardo Correa, Prerana Das, Sylvia Galbraith, Anne Hanrahan, Megan Irwin, Caroline Scott-Charles, John Severino, Ann Marie Stasiuk, Karin Tang, Stephanie Thompson, Aina Tilups, Bahar Toussi

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West
416-977-6000 x 2321
Poster - Community Exhibition

New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk

New Generation Photography Award
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W.

Join us for a panel talk with the three inaugural recipients of the New Generation Photography Award: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli. Moderated by Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries. Welcoming remarks by Dr. Duke Redbird.


View an exhibition of the winners' work at Onsite Gallery from May 5 to June 17, 2018 as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. More info here.


About the Prize
The inaugural New Generation Photography Award prize was awarded by Scotiabank in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, recognizes three young Canadians working in lens-based art: Elisa Julia Gilmour (Toronto), Meryl McMaster (Ottawa), and Deanna Pizzitelli (Ottawa).

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab, located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from April 13 to August 19, 2018. A second exhibition will follow, at OCAD University's Onsite Gallery, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, from May 5 to June 17, 2018.

Award recipients will also be included in education programming and present artist talks on May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank's history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift's continued legacy.

For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit:


2018 New Generation Photography Award Recipient Bios:

Elisa Julia Gilmour is an emerging Canadian artist producing still and moving images. Her work engages with the notion of ephemerality through gestural storytelling. Her most recent project, Éperdument (Madly) (2016), which included a three-channel video installation and a publication of short stories, investigates how a Corsican mythological figure has enlivened a contemporary sense of identity. She has exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and photography graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is of Plains Cree/European decent. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her distinct approach to photographic self-portraiture has been influenced by her experiences working in and exploring remote Canadian landscapes, as well as by contemplations over the complexities of her family heritage. Her solo exhibition Confluence (Curated by Heather Anderson and originating at Carleton University Art Gallery) is travelling to four more venues across Canada.

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator. She completed her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University, and her MFA at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on the emotional landscape, Pizzitelli uses analogue processes to explore themes of fantasy, desire, longing and loss. Her practice is motivated by the act of travel, the visual residue of her many intersections with landscape, wildlife and culture. Pizzitelli's work was recently exhibited at AIPAD: The Photography Show, New York, and Paris Photo, 2017. She has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland and Portugal. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.


About Scotiabank:
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.


About the Canadian Photography Institute:
The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada is a creative and innovative centre dedicated to sharing, collecting, and questioning photography in all its forms. It brings people and communities together at the museum, online, and around publications to see, appreciate, and study photography.

The Canadian Photography Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery's Photographs Collection. The Institute benefits from the unprecedented support of CPI's Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict - the Gallery's partner, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. For more information, visit: and follow CPI @canadianphotoinstitute.


About the National Gallery of Canada:
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan.


About Onsite Gallery:
Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and digital media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.


Image (left to right): Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli

Nicholas Pye: A Silent Storm

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Nicholas Pye:  A Silent Storm

Birch Contemporary

May 4 to June 10

Reception: May 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

A Silent Storm is a body of work about memory, duration, and disappearance. Through the use of large-scale photographic images, video installation and embossed text works, the exhibition speaks about identity over time and notions of voluntary and involuntary disappearance.

The photographic self-portraits in the exhibition use masquerade to depict identity in flux between what is fixed and what is fading. Additionally, the imagery in Rocker, A Silent Storm and Caught in Flight references recollections of masculinity and gentleness. The text works are fragments of a poem written by the artist, while video installation The Mountain shows the nature of being: birth, life, death. This work, which is set on an infinite loop, cycles through the becoming and the departure of the anonymous subject.

NICHOLAS PYE is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.  Born in Torquay, England in 1976, he lives and works in Toronto Canada. As a musician, Nicholas released and toured with four albums in the mid 90's. Moving from music to visual art, Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at OCAD in 2002 followed by his MFA degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005. In 2011, Nicholas began working on his doctoral degree in Visual Art at York University. He maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively. His interests integrate performance, cinema, installation and large format still photography.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 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. 

Venue & Address: 
Birch Contemporary 129 Tecumseth St Toronto, ON
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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00am

Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 PM
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 1214 Queen St. W

To keep (something) in position: props in contemporary photography
Gabrielle Moser in Conversation with Sameer Farooq, Bojana Stancic and Kotama Bouabane

What role do props play in contemporary photographic practice? Neither costuming nor part of a set, the prop is an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human agent: a “thing” that gains meaning through the context of its use. By bringing together artists, curators, historians and performance studies scholars to consider the use of props in photographs (both historical and contemporary), this panel discussion examines the ways objects help us to write and rewrite histories.

About the Exhibition: 

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane that explores how images are constructed, deconstructed and materialized through an experimental ethnographic approach. The exhibition builds from an image of artfully arranged coconuts from a 1970’s Kodak manual on colour correcting, which suggestively pictures the coconuts cracked open as drinking vessels. For Bouabane the dramatic presentation of the image within the banal technical manual demonstrates photography’s complacency in the exoticisation and commodification of its subject, with the coconut becoming shorthand for exotic travel locals, leisure and luxury. 

Taking its title from the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”, another shorthand for tropical destinations and a common misinterpretation of the artist’s first name, the series obsessively takes coconuts as form, medium and content. Images created from a pinhole camera made out of a coconut were processed with coconut water in the chemistry, while a cast coconut formed from coconut oil is presented atop a mound of black sand. It is in this slip between object and image that Bouabane humorously and self-reflexively attempts to recon the object within its field of representation and reengages the image as a mutable site for contemplation.

Supported in part by the Post-Residency Award presented by Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre, presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Artist Biography: 

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), Gallery 44 (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Erin Stump Projects.



Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 401 Richmond Street West Suite #120 Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8

SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL Featured Exhibition Looking: Then and Now by professor Barbara Astman

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image of a female holding red shoes with text overlay
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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 4:00am

Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking.

Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a hotbed of artistic energy in the 1970s, and emigrated to Toronto during the Vietnam War. Looking: Then and Now explores the artist’s 40-year career of photo-based media innovation. Much of Astman’s work involves the use of objects, including household wares or store-bought novelty items. Imbuing these objects with memories and histories, she dematerializes the material and makes personal the impersonal, exploring the role objects play in forming personal and collective histories while commenting on consumer culture. Astman was one of the first to utilize the Polaroid in her art, treating the medium more like a malleable, three-dimensional material than a flat, two-dimensional surface. Her self-portraits have been carefully choreographed so that her image becomes removed from reality, a symbol of constructed memory. Then, in a process of scratching into, enlarging, Xeroxing, or printing over, the photograph is further removed from a document, becoming closer to an object itself.



Venue & Address: 
Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane, Toronto
416 979 1980

CONTACT Photography Festival: Chris Curreri

Black and white image of clay
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 4:00am

As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, acclaimed Toronto-based multi-media artist and OCAD U alumnus, Chris Curreri, is exhibiting striking photographs taken in 2013 while he was attending weekly clay classes at the Gardiner Museum. Curreri photographed the other students’ wet, discarded projects, capturing raw materials in different states: fresh and untouched clay; mounds of bowls and other objects; and the process of recycling this matter into new, usable material. The installation in the Museum Lobby, entitled So Be It, also features an ambitious new sculptural work by Curreri—his first piece of ceramic art. Resembling a pile of discarded vase forms, the sculpture measures eight feet long and is made from 800 lbs of clay. “It’s special to be exhibiting these photographs in the place where they were taken. It feels like they’re coming home,” says Curreri. “The sculpture was quite daunting because of its size, but I’m excited about the result. It expands upon the relationship between raw material, latency, and finality that’s introduced in the photographs.”

Some of the prints have a subtle solarization effect—a phenomenon in photography in which the image is wholly or partially reversed in tone by exposing the print to light during the development process. This process underscores a correspondence between the photographic darkroom and the pottery studio by emphasizing the brief moment where the image is still malleable and has yet to be fixed to the photographic paper. “Chris Curreri’s installation bridges the artistic visions of the Gardiner and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival seamlessly,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “The works explore the potential of clay as both an artistic medium and as a beautiful and dynamic photographic subject matter.”

Chris Curreri studied photography at Ryerson University before completing a master’s degree at Bard College. He has exhibited locally and internationally, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University; Hart House, University of Toronto; TD Bank; and Royal Bank of Canada. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award.

Visitors to the Gardiner can experience Chris Curreri: So Be It free with regular admission. 

About Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes. As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.

IMAGES: Untitled (Clay Portfolio), 2013, gelatin silver print, 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in., from a portfolio of 21 images

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park Toronto