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  • Contacting Toronto 2014 DROWNING WORLD
    station and on subway platforms screens across the network Co produced by Pattison Onestop and Art for Commuters in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Press Gideon Mendel DROWNING WORLD Bio Artist Statement Artist Bio Gideon Mendel is known for his politically committed intimate style of image making Work from different phases of his 28 year career has been shown in major galleries and publications around the world Born in Johannesburg in 1959 he studied psychology and African history at the University of Cape Town Following his studies he photographed change and conflict in South Africa in the lead up to Nelson Mandela s release from prison n 1990 he moved to London and shifted his focus to global social issues He began photographing the impact of AIDS in Africa in 1993 and his groundbreaking work over twenty years on this subject has been widely recognized He has won six World Press Photo Awards first prize in the American Pictures of the Year competition a Canon Photo Essayist Award the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography and the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism He has worked for many of the world s leading magazines among them National Geographic Fortune Condé Nast Traveller Geo Guardian Weekend L Express and Stern His first monograph A Broken Landscape HIV AIDS in Africa was published in 2001 Since then he has produced a number of photographic projects with campaigning organisations such as The Global Fund MSF Treatment Action Campaign The International HIV AIDS Alliance Action Aid The Terrence Higgins Trust Shelter Leonard Cheshire Disability UNICEF and Concern International He has established a global project about the impact of flooding on individual lives entitled Drowning World as a way of addressing climate change Photographs and a video installation from this project were part of the ICP Triennial in New York where it was selected for the Picture Windows installation series in the 13 large windows of the institution on 43 rd Street The work was featured as a public display in the Chobi Mela Festival in Bangladesh There have been two solo exhibitions of the project in London at Somerset House in 2012 and recently at Tiwani Contemporary Mendel s Water part of the Drowning World project will screen as part of the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler International Gallery Smithsonian Institution in Washington D C in May 2014 Artist Statement Drowning World is a long term global project about flooding It s my response to climate change and the obsessive consumption that drives it The flood is an ancient metaphor with its connotation of water washing away sin Yet some of those most affected by these floods are arguably those least to blame for their cause Portraits of flood victims are at the heart of this project I frequently follow my subjects returning through deep waters making the photographs at the remains of their homes They address the camera looking outwards from the landscape of an environmental calamity that has all but destroyed their lives

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  • Contacting Toronto 2014 DROWNING WORLD
    this Together A Photographic Dialogue About Toronto by Toronto on the TTC April 21 2011 Contacting Toronto Tomorrow is Yesterday Transforms the Commuter Experience PRESS COVERAGE May 1 2013 Toronto Star Toronto s Beauty is Down the Drain May 1 2013 CBC ca Contact Photo Fest turns lens on the world little seen places April 30 2013 Azure Magazine 10 Photographers You Need to Know About May 9 2011 MetroNews

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  • Contacting Toronto 2013 - Under this Ground
    Art Zone screens The Toronto subway system is the most common place where people come in contact with the city s underground It offers a perfect location to view this project allowing viewers to reflect on a layer of the city to which we are all connected yet rarely have the opportunity to see Curated by Sharon Switzer This exhibition is co produced by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop in partnership with CONTACT Photography Festival Supported by the Ontario Arts Council For more information contact Marie Nazar Arts Publicist Pattison Onestop mnazar idirect ca Participating artists Michael Cook on subway posters in St Patrick Station Andrew Emond on subway platform screens across the network Co produced by Pattison Onestop and Art for Commuters in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Supported by the Ontario Arts Council Press MICHAEL COOK Bio Artist Statement Artist Bio Michael Cook has been delving into underground and marginal spaces since 2003 While focused on urban drainage and sewer systems his inquiries have also included utility networks and abandoned hydroelectric and nuclear infrastructure and railway landscapes He has pursued graduate studies in geography and landscape architecture Cook has contributed words and photographs to HTO Toronto s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low flow Toilets Coach House Books 2008 the BLDGBLOG Book Chronicle Books 2009 and Water Alphabet City 2009 His photographs have also appeared in Domus Canadian Business the Toronto Star the Globe and Mail and the Hamilton Spectator and have been previously exhibited at Fort York the Toronto Free Gallery and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology He appeared in the documentary Lost Rivers Catbird Productions 2012 Artist Statement Water Underground Toronto s sewers are dark infrastructure documented only in proprietary mapping associated with grime and hazard and physically devoid of light It is too easy to imagine sewers as an entirely abstract network as a magical black box that transmits sewage from one s home to the treatment plant My work has been an effort to physically shine a light on this unseen layer of the city and to reveal the size of these spaces and their complexity Below the streets of our neighbourhoods there are surprisingly large and legible tunnels that carry our stormwater and wastewater these are spaces that we need to be able to imagine in order to do a better job of managing pollution and living with this water Toronto s sewers enclose old waterways and follow their courses they shape the built form and the possibilities of the city above and they often mix rainwater and household sewage so that all of it must be intercepted and treated denying valuable water to the landscapes we value My photographs are an effort to reclaim our sewers from obscurity to allow us all to view imagine and talk about them and to gain a new measure for our relationship with the water that we have sent underground Artist Contact vanishingpoint ca www circuitgallery com ANDREW EMOND Bio Artist

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  • Contacting Toronto 2011 - Tomorrow is Yesterday
    move inform and create change This Winnipegger now based in Toronto is an award winning documentary photographer He approaches his work from an anthropological viewpoint with a focus on cultural and historical stories that reflect his own passions feelings and interests The human condition the past and the future are all part of a body of work that crosses the globe and engages the mind Aaron s images represent a love of seeing bolstered by belief that others gain not only objective knowledge from his stories but crucial personal perspective Artist Statement The images I am showing as part of Contacting Toronto reflect my interest in what is revealed through the voyeuristic lens of Street Photography As individuals we are often stuck inside our own realities while being ignorant of the other realities that constantly surround us By isolating the individual within the public domain I seek to reveal an aspect of these humanistic and societal realities by capturing what emanates from these individuals at a particular moment in time We are all in this together So what can we learn from one another Artist Contact www avephoto ca www borealcollective com Debra Friedman Bio Artist Statement Artist Bio Debra Friedman is an established and internationally exhibited photographer and educator living in Toronto Canada She is the recipient of numerous awards from The Polaroid Corporation The Canada Council and The Ontario Arts Council She lives in Toronto with her husband Robert and her children Nathan Joseph and Eli Artist Statement Careful Portraits of Aging with Professional Companions The project Careful developed out of my own parents aging and their increasing reliance on caregivers day and night In particular my Mother s reliance on her caregiver was shifting largely from her dependence on my father Like all the caregivers and clients I have been photographing the pair are companions in many ways with the caregiver providing a kind of physical and emotional nurturing that goes well beyond the dictates of the job On the caregiver side it is their livelihood But clearly it is more than that Besides very intimate physical tasks I have seen some of the emotional complexity of true relationships tenderness to be sure but also measures of frustration disappointment irritation on both sides as the caregiver works to make life manageable and joyful as the world around their clients shrinks I would like to thank Aviva Babins Museum coordinator at Baycrest for her assistance Artist Contact www debrafriedman com Ruth Kaplan Bio Artist Statement Artist Bio Ruth Kaplan is a documentary based photographer whose work explores a variety of themes including bathers in hot springs and participants in rituals of spirituality Drawn toward the theatre of social behaviour expressed through physicality her work describes intimacy within a public sphere She has received numerous Canada Council Ontario Arts Council Toronto Arts Council grants and National Magazine Awards and has exhibited widely She is currently a photography instructor in Toronto and is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery Artist

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  • Contacting Toronto 2011 - Tomorrow is Yesterday
    to represent The figures that act out awkward scenes of haplessness and disaster in these images are mass produced toys which also bring their own symbolic value to the scenes Sharon Switzer Exhibition Curator Dedicated Art Zone Screens featuring only Contacting Toronto uninterrupted by the usual news and advertisements are active from May 1 8 and are located at Bloor Dundas and St Andrew stations Participating artists Bill Finger Alex McLeod Diana Thorneycroft David Trautrimas Co produced by Onestop Media Group and Art for Commuters in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Supported by the Ontario Arts Council Press Bill Finger Bio Artist Statement Schedule Artist Bio Bill Finger is a Seattle based artist who constructs miniature dioramas that he then photographs calling into question the veracity of the photograph Finger received his MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005 His work has been exhibited across the United States and is included in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House Museum of Photography Bill s images have been published in the books Light Lens and Exploring Color as well as the European magazine Fotograf Artist Statement Creating images that explore both television crime drama and the photographer as unreliable narrator each of my photographs is a play on both fiction and reality Each photograph begins with a handcrafted miniature diorama that is painstakingly constructed for the point of view of the camera With the edges exposed an emphasis is added to the constructed nature of photography Within these miniature sets there is the creation of tension and foreboding that could be an approaching storm the loss of something valuable or perhaps something much more sinister Artist Contact www billfinger net www circuitgallery com TTC Schedule May 2 6 10 14 18 22 26 Alex McLeod Bio Artist Statement Schedule Artist Bio Born in Scarborough Ontario Alex McLeod attended George Brown College and is a graduate from the Ontario College of Art Design Painting and Drawing program After graduation McLeod began to explore 3D rendering software and has been exhibiting virtual installations since the fall of 2008 In 2009 he successfully invaded the blog world and caught the attention of hip hop artist Kanye West McLeod is now exhibiting worldwide in cities including Toronto Barcelona San Jose and Sao Paulo Alex McLeod is represented in Canada by Angell Gallery Toronto Artist Statement Recalling the wide open vistas of Romantic landscape painting while at the same time staging otherworldly dystopias these CGI images act as hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present the real and virtual Beneath their seductively polished surfaces of glimmering fortresses and floating geometric abstractions lies a haunting stillness that comes forth in the aftermath of cataclysmic events And yet from the twilight of devastation lies possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu Artist Contact www alxclub com www angellgallery com TTC Schedule May 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 31 Diana Thorneycroft Bio Artist Statement

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  • Contacting Toronto 2011 - Tomorrow is Yesterday
    Dialogue About Toronto by Toronto on the TTC April 21 2011 Contacting Toronto Tomorrow is Yesterday Transforms the Commuter Experience PRESS COVERAGE May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile Alex McLeod May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile Diana Thorneycroft May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile David Trautrimas May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile Bill Finger May 7 2011 Globe

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  • Contacting Toronto 2011 - Tomorrow is Yesterday
    2011 Contacting Toronto Tomorrow is Yesterday Transforms the Commuter Experience PRESS COVERAGE May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile Alex McLeod May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile Diana Thorneycroft May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile David Trautrimas May 9 2011 MetroNews ca Contacting Toronto artist profile Bill Finger May 7 2011 Globe and Mail The familiar transformed into the mysterious May 5

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