Posted by Drake, April 29, 2016

Guy Maddin, Keyhole, 2007. Collage, 8 x 11”. Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Kehler Art + Projects

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival, now an institution in Toronto and a voice for the medium. Presenting an incredible scope of work from emerging to established lens-based artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists from Canada and around the world, the festival offers a unique platform for exploring the past, present and future of photography.

At our Queen West flagship, The Drake Hotel, in partnership with TIFF, presents a solo-exhibition of internationally acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin’s collage and video-art work, titled Ransom Notes from the Lavender Underground, from April 21 to June 22.

Bringing together original work and mural-sized reproductions, audiences are invited to explore the subtle details of Maddin’s practice, bringing viewers back to a time when images were processed by hand. Crafting intricate assemblages of layered images, his passion for collage has produced a striking series of captivating visuals and helped inspire story-board worthy ideas.

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Guy Maddin, 07 November, 2007. Collage, 8 x 11". Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Kehler Art + Projects

Accompanying the collage work, Maddin’s 11-channel video installation, Hauntings, commissioned on the occasion of the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2010, is presented in the front lobby. Hauntings beautifully recreates excerpts of unrealized, half-finished or abandoned films by great directors presented on loop in their unmade wholes.

Installed at our downtown location, Drake One Fifty, is a soaring translucent vinyl work from London, UK and Maun, Botswana based artist Chloe Sells. Like a growing number of photo-based artists, Sells has returned to the darkroom, where her creative exploration continues well after the original image has been captured. She develops unrepeatable effects in her monoprint photographs that feature swirls of deep colour, lens flare details, and areas of vibrant abstraction. Reminiscent of a stained glass window, the work is viewed in a completely unique way from its original form and offers a contemplative moment in the city’s bustling downtown core.


Chloe Sells, Untitled, 2015

In addition to the two curated exhibitions, The Drake Hotel will be host to a special book signing for the launch of legendary Rolling Stone Magazine photographer Baron Wollman’s new book Forever Young: Groupies and other Electric Ladies, in conjunction with his solo-exhibition at Charlotte Hale Gallery from May 1st to May 31st.

Don’t miss another memorable year of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival at The Drake.


Forever Young: Groupies and other Electric Ladies

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