Małgorzata Stankiewicz | Lassen (This is an Emergency) | Billboards in Toronto and nine cities across Canada
Polish artist Małgorzata Stankiewicz’s Lassen (This is an Emergency) (2019) is a topographic and polychromatic exploration of natural landscapes, which it celebrates while simultaneously revealing the artist’s uneasiness and anxiety about the current state of the environment. Further, it is an experimental investigation of the chromogenic process, the artist having spent countless hours in the darkroom compressing numerous layers of physical and chemical manipulations into one final image. For CONTACT’s iteration of Lassen, presented large-scale on billboards across the country, Stankiewicz changed the titles of her images and overlaid text on a selection of them, drawing from current news stories in Canada that reflect our environmental and climate change challenges.
Preliminary List of Partners
CONTACT’s 2021 Core Program of Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations is developed through collaborations with partners across Toronto, including: A Space Gallery; Allied Properties; Art Gallery of Ontario; ArtworxTO; BAND Gallery; The Bentway Conservancy; Brookfield Place; Campbell House Museum; City of Toronto; Gallery 44; Gallery TPW; Harbourfront Centre; John B. Aird Gallery; Koffler Gallery; McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art; Onsite Gallery; Pattison Outdoor Advertising; Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery; Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art; Ryerson Image Centre; Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; Trinity Square Video; Waterfront Toronto; The Westin Harbour Castle; and Yonge-Dundas Square. Additional partners will be announced in the coming months.
CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021, Canada Council for the Arts, Celebrate Ontario, Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Canada, Government of Ontario, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Mondriaan Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Partners in Art, R. Howard Webster Foundation, Toronto Arts Council, Tourism Toronto and all funders, donors, and program partners.
About Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with its annual Festival across greater Toronto in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT presents lens-based works by acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists from Canada and around the world. The curated program of primary exhibitions (collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centers), and public installations (site-specific public art projects), are the core of the Festival. These are cultivated through partnerships, commissions, and new discoveries, framing the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The featured and open exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. CONTACT normally presents a wide range of programs including a book fair, lectures, talks, panels, workshops, and symposia during the Festival and hosts exhibitions and programs at its Gallery throughout the year. Given potential Covid-19 restrictions, the Festival may have to curtail some of their in-person programming in 2021. Please check the CONTACT website for updates.
CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by its title sponsor Scotiabank, and Scotia Wealth Management, as well as 3M Canada, Art Toronto, Beyond Digital Imaging, BIG Digital, Four By Eight Signs, Gladstone Hotel, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Steam Whistle, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, and Waddington’s. Media Sponsors: Canadian Art, CBC Toronto, NOW Magazine, and The Globe and Mail.