Contacting Toronto: Under this Ground transforms Toronto’s subway system during Scotiabank CONTACT, offering a glimpse of the city’s underground waterways to more than one million TTC commuters daily throughout May.

An official public installation of Toronto’s annual photography festival, Contacting Toronto: Under this Ground highlights the exploration of Toronto’s buried waterways and sewers by artists Michael Cook and Andrew Emond, exposing these concealed spaces to the public for the first time at this scale.

“Toronto’s subway platform screens and posters are the perfect location for this project, allowing viewers to reflect on a layer of the city to which we are all connected, yet rarely have the opportunity to see,” said Sharon Switzer, Director, Art for Commuters and Arts Programmer and Curator, Pattison Onestop.

Michael Cook’s compelling photographs of Toronto’s sewer system represent both a metaphoric and physical shining of light on this unseen layer of the city. 45 posters take over St. Patrick subway station, turning the entire space into a site-specific installation.

Andrew Emond leads the viewer through three Toronto tunnels with his stop-motion animations, playing every 10 minutes on all Pattison Onestop subway platform screens. Dedicated ‘Art Zone’ screens offer uninterrupted play of Emond’s videos in Bloor, St. Andrew and Dundas stations for the first week of the exhibition.

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Contacting Toronto: Under this Ground is curated by Sharon Switzer, and co-produced by Pattison Onestop and Art for Commuters (A4C) in partnership with Scotiabank Contact. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

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