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Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces

Works by:

Tarek Abouamin, Ariella Azoullay, Sabine Bitter, Helmut Weber, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani, Richard Mosse, Ai Weiwei, Philippe Chancel, Cheryl Dunn, Barry Frydlender, Baudouin Mouanda, Jon Rafman, Bill Sullivan, Michael Wolf

Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces

April 28–June 30, 2012

Curated by Matthew Brower, David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein

Co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

University of Toronto Art Centre

Framing issues and events central to current social and political discourse, the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) present one exhibition in two locations as the focal point of CONTACT 2012: Public.

Ranging from images that capture synchronicity to ones that depict conflict, this international group show explores photography as a key nexus in the the public performance of identity and civic expression of authority. UTAC mounts the Occupied Space section of the exhibition with work by Tarek Abouamin, Ariella Azoullay, Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani, Richard Mosse and Ai Weiwei. MOCCA mounts the Collective Identity section with work by Philippe Chancel, Cheryl Dunn, Barry Frydlender, Baudouin Mouanda, Jon Rafman, Bill Sullivan and Michael Wolf.

CONTACT 2012: Public explores the evolving ways in which photographs portray social structures, draw attention to political issues and influence collective consciousness. Through a series of primary exhibitions, site-specific installations, lectures and events, the festival will look at how photographs make things public. From traditional street photography to imagery captured on the Internet, photojournalism at the front lines to theoretical research projects, CONTACT 2012 will present works that redefine how we perceive public space and challenge how we comprehend issues of public concern.

Art with Insight Conversation

Saturday 28 April, 2012, 4:30-6pm
Featuring Matthew Brower, Bonnie Rubenstein, Tarek Abouamin, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani, and Richard Mosse
Followed by the Opening Reception 6–9pm
Video Documentation
University of Toronto Art Centre

Art with Insight Panel Discussion

Tuesday May 15, 2012, 7-9pm
Photography in Public
Co-presented with the Toronto Photography Seminar
Featuring Sarah Parsons, Sharon Sliwinski, Andres Zervigón
Moderated by Matthew Brower
Reception to follow
Video Documentation
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge project support from Manulife Financial, CONTACT’s Primary Exhibitions are supported by Celebrate Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Title Image: Richard Mosse, Herd at Dusk, 2011. Digital C-print. Edition 1 of 2. 183 x 229 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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