At this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, three shows will change how you see the world… and the city

The largest festival of its kind in the world, CONTACT puts on display ground-breaking and thought-provoking work by more than 1,500 Canadian and international artists

Moyra Davey, Of Jane (detail), 2014, 38 C-prints, tape, postage, ink; in seven groupings. Collection Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien [mumok], Vienna

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has always been about more than pretty pictures.

The largest festival of its kind in the world, CONTACT puts on display ground-breaking and thought-provoking work by more than 1,500 Canadian and international artists, showing in more than 200 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Featuring both established and emerging artists, the festival allows viewers to see the world through many different lenses.

The 23rd edition will be on display in major art institutions, in galleries, on billboards and even across the sides of buildings, bringing inspiring, relevant and memorable work to the city between May 1 and May 31.

Here are three headlining exhibitions everyone must see at this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey
Putting together the career-spanning exhibition and Steidl book publication that come with winning the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award has helped artist Moyra Davey see her own work in a new light. “You notice things you wouldn’t have noticed, when you do a show like this, when you juxtapose works that were made at different times of your career,” says Davey.

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