Burtynsky Grant

Birthe Piontek

Birthe Piontek, Holding, 2015, from Abendlied. Courtesy of the artist.

2018 Burtynsky Grant awarded to Birthe Piontek for Abendlied

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant in 2016—a $5,000 annual grant to support Canadian artists and photographers who are at the advanced stages of developing a photobook for publication.

The jury—Edward Burtynsky, Taia Kwinter (Associate Managing Editor, Aperture), Maxine Proctor (Managing Editor, BlackFlash; director and co-founder, Toronto Art Book Fair) and Marcus Schubert (Director of Media, Publications & Exhibits, Burtynsky Studios)—considered many innovative and compelling book projects from across Canada.

“Birthe Piontek’s Abendlied examines how individual relationships in a family are shaped by the processes of growing up, aging, and eventually letting go. Piontek’s well-resolved book project sequences images of her family members interacting with textiles, household objects, and each other to weave a cohesive yet curious narrative about identity and belonging.” – The Jury

The jury would also like to acknowledge two Honourable Mentions for their strong submissions:

Eve Tagny, Lost Love
Ian Willms, We Shall See

Past Winners
2017 - The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book
2016 - Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways

Gattuso Prize

Installation view

Installation view, With an instinct for justice at Doris McCarthy Gallery. Shadi Harouni (L-R), The Lightest of Stones, 2015; I Dream the Mountain is Still Whole, 2017; I Long for a Game of Football, 2017.

The 2018 Gattuso Prize goes to Shadi Harouni and Elise Rasmussen for With an instinct for justice

On view at Doris McCarthy Gallery until June 30, 2018
Curated by Noa Bronstein

The Gattuso Prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding Featured Exhibition in CONTACT. The jury—Liz Ikiriko (curator and photo editor) and Magdalyn Asimakis (curator and writer)—based their decision on the conceptual and technical excellence of the work, as well as the curatorial vision.

With an instinct for justice deftly negotiates the embodied nature of resistance in a time of social, political, and ecological urgency. Harouni and Rasmussen’s photography and video works render gentle insight into our anxious world. The work acknowledges lineages of refusal, labour, and the human toll of oppressive structures, while their meticulous technical and conceptual approaches are exquisitely considered.” - The Jury

CONTACT's Featured Exhibitions, selected to be part of the Festival through a juried submission process, are independently organized by artists, venues, and organizations across the city.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support and contributions of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. The Foundation demonstrates strong leadership and influences innovation across all charitable sectors in Canada including health care, culture and the arts.

Past Winners

Sandra BrewsterIt's all a blur… at Georgia Scherman Projects

Jury: Rosemary Heather (writer and curator) and Anique Jordan (executive director, Whippersnapper Gallery)

Lee HendersonNever Letting Us Take Breath at Zalucky Contemporary

Jury: Rui Mateus Amaral (Curator and Artistic Director of Scrap Metal) and Mona Filip (Director/Curator of the Koffler Gallery at the Koffler Centre of the Arts)

Jimmy Limit, Surplus at Clint Roenisch Gallery

Jury: Lise Beaudry (artist and lecturer), Sara Knelman (writer, curator and lecturer)

Nadia Belerique,  Have You Seen This Man at Daniel Faria Gallery

Jury: Jeremy Laing (designer and artist) and Gabrielle Moser (independent curator and art critic)

Marlene Creates,  Selected works from 30 years, 1982-2012, at Paul Petro Contemporary Art

Jury: Max Dean (artist) and Dr. Matthew Brower (curator and historian University of Toronto)

Lise Beaudry, Sur la glace / Walking on Ice, at the Art Gallery Of Mississauga.

Jury: Michael Itkoff (Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine, New York) and Dr. Thierry Gervais (Researcher in Residence at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto)

Andrew Wright, CORONAE at Peak Gallery.

Jury: Sheyi Bankale (Editor and Founder of Next Level Magazine, London, UK) and David Liss (Artistic Director & Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto)

The Portfolio Reviews Award

Brendan George Ko

Established in 2010, the Portfolio Reviews Award offers one artist a solo exhibition at the CONTACT Gallery, a $2,500 credit at Toronto Image Works, and a professional 17-inch Epson printer from Vistek. The recipient is chosen by a jury of international professionals in the field of photography, and the award recognizes outstanding work presented at the reviews. The program was created to support and advance the careers of talented emerging photographers.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Image Works and Vistek for supporting this award.

Past Winners

Brendan George Ko, Moemoeā

Nathaniel Brunt, #shaheed

Josée Pedneault, Nævus

Michel Huneault, La longue nuit de Mégantic

Ian Willms, No Road to Nowhere

Guillaume Simoneau, Love and War 

Jesse Louttit,  No Roads
Jonathan Taggart,  The Friction of Distance: The Lillooet River Valley

Alex Kisilevich, Untitled
Henrieta Haniskova, I am Elvis