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Nadine Stijns, A Nation Outside a Nation with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Exhibition
May 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pmFree
Nadine Stijns, A Nation Outside a Nation (2012–14)
The Bentway and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Exhibition
Dutch artist Nadine Stijns attempts to capture the memories, dreams, and flow of capital and possessions throughout the Filipino diaspora. In addition to traditional portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, many of which include meticulous documentation of “balikbayan box” supplies (tax-free goods sent by Filipino migrants back to family in the Philippines), Stijns photographs a variety of visual sources and then layers the images to create a tangible depiction of migrant life. This work performs as documentation of labor migration, but it is also itself a document, an object that unites the individual migrant with their homeland.
CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with its annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery in Toronto. 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 also includes a wide range of events including a book fair, lectures, talks, panels, workshops, and symposia during the Festival and hosts exhibitions and programs at its Gallery throughout the year.
CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Scotia Wealth Management, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Toronto Image Works, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, BIG Digital, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.
CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, the Howard Webster Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, Mondrian Fund, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, Tourism Toronto and all of their funders, donors, and programming partners.