Photographer George Pimentel

A couple embraces at a drive-in movie theatre in Oakville on July 31, 2020.
Photographer: George Pimentel (Toronto, ON).

Portraits in COVID Times: Documenting a Nation in Change

November 9, 2020 – September 15, 2021

The large-scale images on the façade of Harbourfront Centre’s Main Building at 235 Queens Quay West are on exhibition through September 2021.

The exhibition expands the week of November 23, with additional images on display at 318 Queens Quay West (Rees Street Parking Lot).

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The photographs featured in this exhibition were taken between March and October 2020. They show how Canadians are living through this significant moment in time. Represented are a selection of photographs that were submitted to the Canada COVID Portrait online project, which launched in April 2020, inviting citizen and professional photographers alike to participate with the goal to create a visual record of this transformative period. The resulting exhibition touches on all aspects of our changed lives — family, work, leisure, sports, culture, religion, celebrations, health, transportation and political engagement. Each photograph speaks to the ingenuity, kindness, grief, humour, hope and creativity that have emerged from our shared pandemic experience.

Through its open call, the Canada COVID Portrait online project received more than 5,000 photographs from across the country documenting this turbulent period and the effects it will have on future generations.

These photographs were selected by Arden Burrows, Jeff Harris, Sophie Masson, Taryn Potasky and George Pimentel, the team behind the project.

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Presented by
Harbourfront Centre
Exhibition Partner
Canada COVID Portrait logo
Generously supported by
The Waterfront BIA logo

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