Public Exposures: the art-activism of condé + beveridge (1976-2016)
To celebrate the artistic-activist practice of Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge that spans forty years of working together, curator Jim Miller has teamed up with five Toronto galleries to present a survey exhibition of their photographic works. In the city that Condé and Beveridge have lived and worked since 1977, a public reckoning with their pioneering art-activist practice is long overdue. This grassroots initiative is the artists’ first large Toronto exhibit since their controversial AGO show in 1976 at the outset of their collaboration.
Public Exposures also includes a symposium on the last weekend in May, and publication of a book that is in preparation. Issues at the core of their art-activism—artists’ rights, labour arts, and art for social change—are the focus of the symposium. The book will examine the scope and influence of their activist collaborations in these areas. Set in motion by the curator, the book and symposium are organized in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Min Sook Lee, cultural historian Dot Tuer, and labour educator D’Arcy Martin.
The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the coalition of galleries located at 401 Richmond (listed above), and in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the Mayworks Festival. OCAD University and United Steelworkers (USW) Canada are co-hosting a symposium (May 27, 28, 29), and OCADU students Leaf Watson and Sanjit Dhillon are curating a response to Condé and Beveridge’s 1976 AGO show for Urbanspace Gallery. Organizations providing additional support and participating in Public Exposures include: CARFAC National, CARFAC Ontario, The Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Unifor, UFCW Canada and The Canadian Labour Congress, No One is Illegal (Toronto), ONSITE Gallery, VTape, SSHRC, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Council for the Arts, 401 Richmond, the research project Cultural Workers Organize, the Centre on Learning, Social Economy and Work (CLSEW) at OISE, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
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