Extending the focus on critical themes from recent years, CONTACT and MOCCA explore global events and interconnections through the medium of photography to articulate its complex relationship to human experience. Despite ever-evolving conditions and the shift from film to digital technology, the fundamental characteristics of photography remain implicit in preserving our individual and collective memories.
Photography has been associated with memory since its invention and memory has long been described as a continuous exchange of images. Photography wields an enduring influence in our lives and contributes to our understanding of the world around us, now more then ever before. Whether based on fact or molded through fiction, we are still seduced by its gaze and increasingly obsessed by its ability to capture a moment in time that is always in flux. Through a selection of photographic images by ten acclaimed Canadian and international artists, Between Memory & History: From the Epic to the Everyday probes relationships that exist between the intimate and the public, between moments of personal significance to events of global resonance that affect each one of us.