The first major Canadian exhibition of Gideon Mendel’s Drowning World is on view now in Toronto in the Queen’s Park subway station as a part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Drowning World features more than 40 portraits of people whose homes and lives have been destroyed by floods. The photographer also made videos during his trips, one of which is above.
On Sunday, May 25, there will be an exhibition tour and talk with the London-based, South African photographer, followed by a free panel discussion entitled, “Questioning Who We Are and Where We Are Going with Leading Thinkers.” The panel will include Professor Dennis O’Hara, Director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto; award-winning journalist, author and playwright Alanna Mitchell; green entrepreneur Tom Rand; award-winning, social documentarian Gideon Mendel; and moderator Catherine Wright, PhD(c) Christian Ethics and Ecotheology, whose writings concentrate on ecotheology, contemporary ethics. The biographies of each person are available here.
The tour led by Mendel and curator Sharon Switzer will begin at 1 p.m. at Toronto’s Queen’s Park subway station. An artist talk will follow at 1:45 p.m. and a panel discussion will be held at 2:30 p.m. at MaRS, 101 College Street, CR-3. These events are free, but reservations are requested. Reserve on Eventbrite here.