Going up ... Contact preparations already begun
The official opening of Contact, Toronto's annual international photo festival, is more than a week away, but given the scale of some of the work, installation has already started; wandering by MOCCA today, I saw workers busily attending to the massive photomural that fashion photographer David LaChapelle has provided for the wall adjacent to MOCCA's parking lot (which happens to be the exterior wall of the Clint Roenisch Gallery).
This is LaChapelle's picture, called "The Rape of Africa" (that's Naomi Campbell, by the way):
Already on the wall already as of 10 minutes ago, it looks like this:
It seems fairly obvious -- like almost anything LaChapelle does -- that he's making comment about our first-world consumerist obsessions creating devastation and violence in underdeveloped parts of the world, which is about as fresh as day-old doughnuts; while you can't argue with the message, you're a-ok to be irritated by the blunt pedantism with which LaChapelle delivers it. But hey, a millionaire fashion photographer who makes his considerable living selling blind consumerism to the masses has the right to express his conscience too, right?
This should get interesting ...