Friday, May 8, 2009

CONTACT events tonight: SANAZ MAZINANI, SUSAN MEISELAS and LARRY TOWELL

Gallery artists Sanaz Mazinani, Susan Meiselas, and Larry Towell will be opening their exhibitions tonight at 80 Spadina.

Sanaz Mazinani: Iran Revisited


May 1st - June 6th, 2009
Opening Reception with the artist: May 8th, 6-8 pm.
Toronto Image Works Gallery, 80 Spadina, Suite 207

Sanaz Mazinani's colour diptychs and marquee photographs explore the physical landscape and human faces of contemporary Iran, her country of origin. Each image contains its own narrative qualities and together they create a complex portrait of the country. From painted portraits of young martyrs slowly peeling from the exterior walls of mosques, to a still life of the architectural remnants of the Persian Empire, these photographs depict the different ideologies that overlap in Iran¹s contemporary landscape.

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein, Director of Contact Toronto Photography Festival.


Magnum Photos: States of Conflict
Bruno Barbey, Thomas Dworzak, Stuart Franklin, Magnum in Motion, Susan Meiselas, Larry Towell


May 1st - 31st, 2009
Opening reception: May 8, 7-10pm

CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina, Suite 310


Magnum Photos: States of Conflict examines some of the watershed moments of civic transformation over the last 40 years. Since 1948, Magnum photographers have been depicting conflict around the world, and the collective’s force reflects photography’s enduring power as a tool for change. The images in this exhibition reveal the intrepid persistence and unique personal vision of their makers.

In 1979, American photographer Susan Meiselas documented the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. Twenty-five years later, she returned to the region with murals of images she made during the insurrection and installed them in the public spaces where the photographs were originally taken. Meiselas’ photographs capture the sites of collective remembrance she created in her project Reframing History.

Canada’s Larry Towell shows black-and-white photographs that depict anger and fear, aggression and assault. Reminiscent of his images of conflict in the West Bank, these images were captured while dodging hurtling rocks and flying tear gas canisters. Perhaps surprisingly, they portray the police and RCMP riot police confronting demonstrators opposed to the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Quebec City, 2001.

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