Monday, 14 May 2012

Street Art: Max Dean hands out memories at Contact Photography Festival

Yes, we accept exchanges. Artist Max Dean, takes back a photography album from a woman who found the pictures depressing.  She get another album from Max.  Dean gives away albums to strangers throughout the Contact Festival from the back of his Volkswagen " Foto Bug".  The Foto Bug was parked in front of MOCCA when this photograph was taken.
Have Album Will Travel - artist gives away photographic memories in the street
Over the past decade, performance artist Max Dean has collected over 600 photo albums. Family Memories. Forgotten Records. Pictures of the past.
At the official opening of the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, Dean told a large audience at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian ArtGallery, that it was time that he got rid of his collection of albums. Rather than simply throw them away, Dean has made the act of divesting himself of his collection as a performance-based work of art.
" About 100 of the albums have been donated to the Art Gallery of Ontario," Dean told this website, while standing beside an aging Volkswagen Bug.  " Over the next 4-weeks I will be taking my "Foto Bug" (the modified Volks) to key intersections in downtown Toronto and giving away albums to strangers! It is an incredible responsibility (on the part of the person taking one of his family photo albums)."
According to the Centre for  Contemporary Canadian Art's on-line Database,  "Max Dean is a Toronto-based artist who has been producing works of significance for over 35 years. His performances, sculptures and installations explore the complex relationship between the artist, the spectator and the work. His interactive kinetic installations that explore the nature of trust and control."

Max Dean opens the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto by announcing he will give away hundreds of photo albums
CONTACT is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at almost 200 venues. Founded as a not-for-profit organization 16 years ago, and now a charitable organization, the festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.
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