Between Memory & History: From the Epic to the Everyday
May 01, 2008 - Jun 01, 2008

Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival

Raymonde April (Canada), Robert Burley (Canada), Luc Delahaye (France), Nan Goldin (USA), Adi Nes (Israel), Martin Parr (UK), Chi Peng (China), Thomas Ruff (Germany), Alessandra Sanguinetti (Argentina/USA), Bert Teunissen (The Netherlands)

Curated by David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein

Thomas Ruff

Extending the focus on critical themes from recent years, CONTACT and MOCCA explore global events and interconnections through the medium of photography to articulate its complex relationship to human experience. Despite ever-evolving conditions and the shift from film to digital technology, the fundamental characteristics of photography remain implicit in preserving our individual and collective memories.

Photography has been associated with memory since its invention and memory has long been described as a continuous exchange of images. Photography wields an enduring influence in our lives and contributes to our understanding of the world around us, now more then ever before. Whether based on fact or molded through fiction, we are still seduced by its gaze and increasingly obsessed by its ability to capture a moment in time that is always in flux. Through a selection of photographic images by ten acclaimed Canadian and international artists, Between Memory & History: From the Epic to the Everyday probes relationships that exist between the intimate and the public, between moments of personal significance to events of global resonance that affect each one of us.

The exhibition essay from CONTACT 2008 magazine can be downloaded here.

Bert Tuenissen (Left); Adi Ness (Right).

Between Memory & History: From the Epic to the Everyday is generously supported by Scotiabank (official exhibition sponsor), Canadian Heritage – Arts Presentation Canada, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.(CONTACT premier sponsor), the Mondriaan Foundation Amsterdam, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Netherlands Consulate-General Toronto, the Consulate General of France in Toronto, Beyond Digital Imaging and 3M.

CONTACT presents 250 exhibitions and programs across the Greater Toronto Area from May 1 -31, 2008. For more information, visit

All exhibitions and activities at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, BMO Financial Group, individual memberships and private donations.