Manifesto turned TORONTO INSIDE OUT.
24 photographers. 400+ portraits. 40+ Wheatpasters. All City.

As part of the Global Art Initiative Inside Out, Manifesto Festival - in conjunction with the festival's All Art Everything art show at the Art Gallery of Ontario - brings together 24 photographers to shoot community members and put their images up in their communities, making the city itself the gallery.

The theme of the Toronto activation was 'intergenerational' - looking at the beautiful diversity found across Toronto and the children, mothers, fathers and grandparents that make it such an amazing place to live.

"Public art is a vital form of communication and a critical part of the city's vibrancy. With pending cuts to public funding for the arts in Toronto we needed to send a loud message to the decision makers that art makes people feel good and brings global attention to our city," says Che Kothari, Manifesto Executive Director. "This is the largest group action of the Inside Out Project in the world to date. Bringing together student, emerging and professional photographers as well as eager volunteers and photo subjects, we galvanized over 500 community members to be a part of a universal recognition and appreciation of public art and ourselves as people worthy of claiming public space."

See the images in different parts of the city including: Regent Park, Eglinton West, Kensington Market, Queen West, Shaw Street, Parkdale, Liberty Village, Eastern Avenue, Jane and Finch, Rexdale and more. Documentation photos below. Many more documentation photos coming soon, stay tuned.

Inside Out is a project anyone can get involved with, goto for more information.

We will also be screening the TED Prize talk from world renowned Street Artist JR - whose wish was to turn the world inside out through art - at our movie night. Check the details HERE

Toronto Inside Out Organizers:
Che Kothari, Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Shaka Licorish, Seema Jethalal


Ahmed Sagarwala, Aden Abebe, Ajani Charles, Alejandra Higuera, Alexis Finch, Alyssa Katherine Faoro, Angie Choi, Anna Keenan, Anora Graham, Buruk Early, Che Kothari, Gaby Cueto, Gillian Mapp, Jalani Morgan, Jon Blak, Julian Campbell, May Truong, Nabil Shash, Natalie Caine, Nathaniel Anderson, Noah Ocran-Caesar, Nzeghua Anderson, Steve Carty, Yannick Anton

Thank you to the support:

JR for the inspiration.
Sol Guy for being the connect.
Marc, Gin and the whole Inside Out Team. for recognizing.
Artscape for providing spaces to paste the images.

About Inside Out:

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

About Manifesto:

Founded in 2007, Manifesto is a non-profit organization that works to unite, energize and celebrate Toronto's diverse arts communities and find innovative ways of working together towards common goals through year round programming and activities. Growing to be the largest and most unique festival of its kind in just five short years, the critically acclaimed Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is the annual culmination of Manifesto's work, bringing together hundreds of artists & performers, and thousands of spectators over eleven days to showcase our city’s talented arts community and strengthen its foundations by building a collective sense of pride and possibility. The festival also takes place in Jamaica and Barbados.

The 5th Annual Manifesto Festival, taking place September 15th-25th in Toronto Canada, is supported by Canadian Heritage, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Culture, Laidlaw Foundation, Celebrate Ontario, FACTOR, Red Bull, Slaight Music, TD Canada Trust, Scion, New Era as well as a large network of grassroots arts organizations, arts institutions, media outlets and other community partners.


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7 Responses

  1. Great project - just heard about this on CIUT and it's incredible to see it in action on the streets of TOronto - big love crew!

  2. In Tokyo, Japan I started the Inside Out Project from May--and for a long time, it was like pulling teeth, banging a pan, twisting arms--but we've got some good things going.  Guess what?  I'm from Toronto!!  It is AMAZING news to hear just now that Toronto has the HUGEST 400 portrait project going in the world!!  I'm so proud to be from Toronto!!  And I wish more Toronto spirit was with me in Japan!  (Yes, I'm plugging Tokyo), but I just totally wrote about you:  (and I just flew back to Japan on Sept 18th---how did I miss this giant project?!)  Am in love with the blooming street art in Toronto--never was like that the 20 years I grew up there.  Great things!

    Genevieve TranSeptember 22, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
  3. 可以是最好的,中国会接管,并更好的..良好的工作!

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