The Constructed Image: Photographic Culture
May 03, 2007 - Jun 03, 2007

Thomas Demand Dionisio González Ilkka Halso Simen Johan Kim Joon Scott McFarland Miao Xiaochun Erwin Olaf Karen Ostrom Sam Taylor-Wood

Public Reception: Saturday May 5, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Presenting Sponsor: Scotiabank Group

Showcasing ten artists from nine countries, The Constructed Image: Photographic Culture demonstrates the irrevocable transformation of photography’s relationship to reality as it explores contemporary global events and experiences. As the focal point of CONTACT 2007, the exhibition is co-presented by MOCCA and the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival and is sponsored by Scotiabank Group.

Curators David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein have brought together 10 artists whose works showcase not only the evolving possibilities of photographic representation, but the ways in which these are particularly well-suited to addressing current issues of broad cultural importance. The artists examine the relationships of the individual to urban and natural environments, to global corporate culture, to history and world events, to storytelling and to the art of making photographs itself. The works express degrees of anxiety and hope – some resolutely in one camp or the other, some encouraging a little of both – as they each construct some version of our world and the ways we live in it. From the strange, fragile brutality of Thomas Demand’s paper replica of the security gate Mohammed Atta walked through on the morning of September 11, 2001, to the saturated ecological euphoria of Scott McFarland’s digitally enhanced gardens, this exhibition reveals photography as a means of creating and engaging cultural space. (Excerpt from an essay by Sophie Hackett, CONTACT 2007 magazine)

MOCCA’s mandate to provide a global context for contemporary Canadian artists is showcased in Photographic Culture, with major works by artists from Canada and across the globe.

About the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
With over 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area from May 1 -31, 2007, CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. (premier sponsor), Scotiabank Group (presenting sponsor), media sponsors Fashion Television, enRoute Magazine and The Toronto Star; Concord Adex Developments Corp., The Drake Hotel and Beyond Digital Imaging. CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, Foreign Affairs Canada, The British Council, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Consulate of France and the Goethe Institut. For more information, visit www.contactphoto.com

About Scotiabank Group:
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad.  Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2006 the Bank provided more than $42 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education and social services.  Scotiabank is on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com

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.