A festival for the eyes

AGO Insider, April 21, 2021

Celebrating 25 years, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival returns online and on the streets.


It’s spring in Toronto, which means festival season! We’re so excited that Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is back, launching online and at select outdoor venues May 1. The festival kicks off with an enhanced digital presence and outdoor installations around Toronto, including Yonge-Dundas Square, Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre and 460 King Street West (north façade). For the first time ever, each public installation will also be accompanied by a QR code that can be scanned to reveal an audio talk from the artists and/or curator on the work. Reflecting on the current climate, this year’s Festival includes online exhibitions, essays, panels and outdoor installations highlighting the perspectives of BIPOC and women artists, and subjects related to the environment and the pandemic. Indoor exhibitions — including the ones at the AGO — will open later this year, as COVID-19 restrictions lift. 


The AGO is proudly partnering with the Festival once again as part of its exhibitions program. When the AGO reopens, we’re presenting Dawoud Bay, John Edmonds, Wardell Milan and Documents, 1960s – 1970sAnd we can’t wait to see two intriquing outdoor installations, described below. For full details about this year’s Festival, and to find a map of the outdoor installations, visit scotiabankcontactphoto.com



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