Every May, the non-profit professional photography organization Contact, in partnership with ScotiaBank, presents the CONTACT Photography Festival. This year, the 27th edition of the festival highlights over 170 exhibitions of artistic works by artists from around the world. At the heart of this international event, contemporary African art is revealed in all its splendor, captivating art lovers and visitors in search of inspiration.
From May 1 to 31, the festival takes over Toronto’s event spaces and art galleries, transforming the city into a dazzling showcase for thousands of photographic works. But that’s not all! The CONTACT Photography Festival is distinguished by its innovative installations, which give the exhibition a plural and realistic dimension. Photographs by artists from all over the world are not only on display in galleries, but also in subway stations, power stations and even the Bentway. All this artistic outpouring makes CONTACT one of the most important photography events in the world.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of CONTACT’s public art program. Throughout May, visitors will have the opportunity to discover unique and ingenious photographic works. This photography festival is the fruit of collaboration between several organizations, offering an unprecedented artistic dialogue. Artists, local and international curators and the public come together to create an artistic experience that’s off the beaten track. By extending the exhibition throughout the Greater Toronto Area, the festival invites the public to interact with the art world and immerses the city in a conceptually diverse ecosystem, based on the lens of photography, throughout its duration and beyond.
A comprehensive action program is in place to enable visitors to fully enjoy this experience dedicated to photographic art. Captivating art installations, stimulating photo workshops, spectacular galleries, artist talks, inspiring lectures and enriching panel discussions are offered throughout the festival. Each event offers a unique opportunity to explore the many facets of contemporary photography and delve into the artists’ creative worlds.
The CONTACT Sociabank Photography Festival is an exceptional opportunity to showcase the work of photographic artists from around the world. It offers photographic art lovers the chance to admire a myriad of captivating photographs at their leisure.
May is truly an ideal time to explore Toronto’s bustling streets in search of new galleries and unique works of art. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply curious, the CONTACT Sociabank Photography Festival is a must-attend event for discovering contemporary African art and creativity that transcends borders.