Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Presents Exhibitions Online

As the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly transformed how art is currently experienced, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is adapting to the challenges and will open on a case-by-case basis in the future, in accordance with public health and safety guidelines.

Elisabeth Belliveau, Installation view of Still Life Tokyo, Studio Youkobo Japan, 2018. Courtesy of the artist via

Typically spanning the month of May, CONTACT continues its commitment to supporting projects by Canadian and international lens-based artist,s and exhibitions in museums, galleries, public sites, and alternative spaces throughout Toronto.  To demonstrate that support, the festival is using their website to showcase a selection of artwork and essays for its 24th edition.

The website includes profiles for all exhibitions originally planned for CONTACT 2020, a selection of artwork (some for the first time) and all exhibition essays from its Primary Exhibitions (collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centers. The site will also include listings for all Open Call Exhibitions, featuring a range of works by local and international artists at galleries and alternative spaces across the city.

The Festival catalogue will be available, when permitted by public health protocol, for free at all participating venues and for purchase on-line through CONTACT’s website.

Artists whose work will be featured on the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival website include:

Laia Abril, Diane Arbus, Bertille Bak, Elisabeth Belliveau, Dawoud Bey, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Fatma Bucak, Wendy Coburn, John Edmonds, Kim Hoeckele, Vid Ingelevics & Ryan Walker, Lisa Jackson, Aaron Jones, Christina Leslie, Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Wardell Milan, Ethan Murphy, Ebti Nagab, Native Art Department International, Yoshua Okón, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Dawit L. Petros, Helen Reed, Lyla Rye, Carol Sawyer, Thirza Schaap, Greg Staats, Małgorzata Stankiewicz, Krista Belle Stewart, May Truong, Stephen Waddell, Natalie Wood, Miao Ying, Tereza Zelenkova, and Elizabeth Zvonar.