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Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey

Opening party and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival launch: May 1 
Main Gallery and Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre
May 1 - August 4, 2019
Curator: Gaëlle Morel

This first survey exhibition celebrates the work of Toronto-born artist Moyra Davey, winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award. Based in New York and renowned internationally for her photographs, videos, writings, and artist books, Davey’s work examines interiority and disclosure, and the intersection of private and public discourse. The exhibition includes portraiture, still life and photographs of subway scenes, along with a suite of Davey’s visually arresting films, which interweave subjective narratives with the texts and lives of her influences, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Sigmund Freud, Jean Genet, and most recently, Pierre Vallières.

A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

People sitting and standing on the subway, with postage stamps, an address label, and red squares pasted on top
Fig. 1

Detail from Subway Writers, 2011/2014, 75 C-prints, tape, postage, ink. Collection of Anurag and Payal Khanna

A close up of two young people laying on grass; one looks up at the camera, while the other looks away
Fig. 2

Kate & Jane (single image), 1979, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist

Moyra Davey

A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival