CONTACT Photography Festival

CONTACT Photography Festival

Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University

Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012. Digital C-print mounted on Dibond. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London; and Victoria Miro, London.
April 29, 2014
CONTACT Photography Festival

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario

T +416 979 5164
[email protected]

The Ryerson Image Centre celebrates the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with a lecture, four new exhibitions, and an international symposium.

April 30, 7:30pm
Kodak Lecture Series: Stan Douglas
Please join us for a free lecture with acclaimed Vancouver artist Stan Douglas on April 30 at 7:30pm at Ryerson University (350 Victoria Street, LIB-72). Please arrive early to ensure seating. Prior to the lecture, the RIC is also pleased to offer an exhibition preview of Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas from 3 to 7pm at the Ryerson Image Centre.

May 1–June 1
Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas
This exhibition is presented by Scotiabank and organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Guest curated by Robert Bean, the exhibition features the work of Stan Douglas, winner of the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA). The stories, sites and events that Douglas investigates are familiar and historically situated. His photography and film works often describe the overlooked histories of cultural identity, displacement and injustice, revealing an uncanny resemblance to present-day events. The tension between fact and fiction encourages the spectator to create and participate in the meaning of the work.

May 1–3
“Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections”
Collectors, curators and scholars will gather to discuss how the photograph has become a collectible item and subject of academic study since the nineteenth century. Participants include Quentin Bajac (Museum of Modern Art, New York); Howard Greenberg (Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); and Ann and Harry Malcolmson (collectors, Toronto); as well as 17 other renowned photography experts from around the world. Organized by Dr. Thierry Gervais, the symposium is generously supported by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, and the Consulat Général de France à Toronto. Admission to the symposium is free. For more details and updated symposium program, please visit

Also on view at the Ryerson Image Centre

May 1–June 1 and June 18–August 24
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases addresses the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. As a visual activist, Muholi endeavours to bring radical change to conventional perceptions of lesbian and transgender communities who suffer from continuous attacks in South Africa.

May 1–June 1 and June 18–August 24
Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: The Same Problem 5 explores questions of the ego and memory within a reconstruction of deeply felt media experiences.

May 1–June 1
Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik displays a selection of photographic objects from the private collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik, curator of photography and special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).


Media contacts
Erin Warner, Ryerson Image Centre: [email protected] / T+416 979 5000 x7032
Lisa Kwong, NKPR: [email protected] / T +416 365 3630 x242


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