To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Contact photo festival joins #Dysturb and Instagram to bring photojournalism to the streets of Toronto




#Dysturb and Contact Photography Festival, in collaboration with Instagram, present a series of images on city streets in an effort to raise awareness on current global issues. This project is visible throughout Toronto’s Kensington Market and Chinatown neighbourhoods from May 2 – 31, 2016.

Presenting recent images selected from the Instagram accounts of 20 photojournalists from across the globe, #Dysturb’s Toronto iteration makes visible such stories as the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America, the various waves of turmoil in Nigeria, and the fragile social context in Cuba, among others. #Dysturb’s life-size photographic murals, accompanied by explanatory captions, confront passersby and provide unexpected physical encounters with challenging subjects.

Reproduced in black and white and printed on thin matte paper that mimics the look and feel of newsprint, the images contrast significantly with the colourful advertising often found in the urban landscape. Installed in the bustling Kensington Market and Chinatown area — a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood where nearly everything happens out in the streets — this project creates a public forum for discussion and engagement with the community. In these publicly accessible locations, photojournalists share images that otherwise might go unnoticed on fast-paced mass media platforms. While low-cost cameras, citizen-generated images, and small media budgets continue to affect the industry, #Dysturb offers an alternative method for circulating personal visual testimonies.


Contact Celebrates Photography for 20 Years

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival marks its 20th anniversary in May 2016. To celebrate this milestone, an expanded program focuses on 20 Primary Exhibitions at major museums and galleries plus 20 Public Installations at sites across the city. From enduring practices to new forms of expression, the Festival showcases a diverse range of photo-based works by Canadian and international artists.

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.