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Lisa Fox and Jessica Kalmar are the creators of the Quarantine Book Club exhibition currently taking place in the garage behind The Great Escape Book Store on Kingston Road. Inset photos: a photo of Jessica Kalmar.

The Quarantine Book Club photo exhibition is now taking place in the garage at the back of the Great Escape Book Store on Kingston Road.

The exhibit is part of Scotiabank’s CONTACT photography festival currently taking place at various venues in Toronto.

Exhibit space at The Great Escape Book Store, 957 Kingston Rd., is in the large wooden garage at the rear of the building. It has already been used for CONTACT shows and also for other arts and community events.

Photographers Lisa Fox and Jessica Kalmar are the creators of the Quarantine Book Club exhibition.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, longtime friends and visual artists “responded photographically to 21 books we read concurrently from May 202 to December 2021.”

They combined their “picture-based reactions” with each story’s perceived message “and our thoughts on how quarantine has affected us personally.”

They said their conversations and photos helped them both to understand their feelings during the pandemic and its enforced isolation, and to motivate their art.

The Quarantine Book Club exhibition is on until May 31. The rear garage exhibit hours are the same as The Great Escape Book Store, which is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information on the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, visit https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/

For more on photographer Lisa Fox, go to http://www.thefoxcraft.com/



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