The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festivalannounced its public installation program for the 23rd edition of the city-wide event spanning the month of May 2019.
Renowned American artist Carrie Mae Weems will create three separate site-specific installations at outdoor venues downtown, representing the first time she has shown her work at this scale in Canada. These installations are presented in conjunction with exhibitions at the CONTACT Gallery and the Art Museum at the University of
In addition to Weems, a selection of North American and international lens-based artists will present a diverse array of installations to activate public spaces throughout Toronto and in eight cities across Canada. The list of artists includes Susan Dobson, Peter Funch, Esther Hovers, Sanaz Mazinani, Zinnia Naqvi, Mario Pfeifer, Bianca Salvo, Sputnik Photos, Nadine Stijns, Carmen Winant, and Elizabeth Zvonar. Venues will include a subway station, storefronts, corporate lobbies, outdoor recreation areas, shipping containers, and billboards.
The Festival’s Artistic Director Bonnie Rubenstein said, “Carrie Mae Weems’ dynamic images will be shown at high-profile locations including the street level windows of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, home of the Toronto International Film Festival. Weems joins a legion of internationally celebrated artists who have participated in our public installations program. These include Ilit Azoulay, Rebecca Belmore, Douglas Coupland, Awol Erizku, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, Kent Monkman, Martin Parr, and Mickalene Thomas to name a few.”