April 27 – June 3, 2012

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

This two-venue exhibition, Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces, brings together images from around the world to explore the ways we perform and articulate our identity in public, and the tensions that arise from the occupation of public space. In an age of social media, global urbanization, protest and revolution, photography plays a crucial role in mediating our understanding of socio-political issues and conflicts. From street photography to appropriated web imagery, conflict photo journalism to conceptual projects, the works in this show challenge and redefine our perception of the public sphere. The artists showing at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art expand the boundaries of street practice and the shifting parameters of public space to make visible unseen aspects of urban existence.

Michael Wolf/ Bill Sullivan/ Jon Rafman/ Barry Frydlender/ Baudoiun Mouanda/ Cheryl Dunn/ Phillippe Chancel/ Noh Suntag/ Benjamin Lowy/ Richard Mosse/ Ariella Azoulay/ Tarek Abouamin/ Sanaz Mazinani/ Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber/ Ai Weiwei Curated by Matthew Brower, David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the University of Toronto Art Centre.

Installation Shots

Opening Reception

Friday April 27, 7 – 11 pm


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