CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto

This year marks Contact photography festival’s 20th year and the sweeping presence of the festival stimulates a multitude of programs and exhibitions throughout the city. The venues range from large art institutions like AGO, MOCCA and the ROM to smaller local galleries, community centres, cafe, stores and alternative venues. Positioned on streets, billboards, and subway platforms or suspended from facades and interiors of buildings, these public installations transform the experience of the city. This year over 1,500 artists and photographers are participating 200 venues. Drawn from distinctly varied sources across the city and around the world, these works offer powerful insights and compelling views of social landscape, political turmoil and cultural change.

Here are a few photos from opening of Thomas Ruff’s ‘Object Relations”, Ago.