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“Precarious” art exhibit at Laurier explores the world of work
Feb 28/14| For Immediate Release
Suzanne Luke, Curator
Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery presents a photography exhibition by artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, titled Precarious, which runs from March 5 to April 12, 2014. As part of the exhibition, a public reception, artists’ talk and panel discussion will take place March 18, and a documentary about the artists and their work will screen March 27.
Work is a central theme in Condé and Beveridge’s art practice. Condé and Beveridge consider work an integral component of social identity and have advocated over the years to raise awareness of workers’ rights. This exhibition explores work life with a focus on precarious work, which is often part-time, without job security and benefits, and offers low wages.
The artists will be delivering a lecture about work, its social value and representation on March 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall foyer. The lecture will be followed by the launch of the accompanying exhibition catalogue, Precarious: Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge, which features 42 images, an essay about Condé and Beveridge’s work by Bryan D. Palmer, a Canada Research Chair in Canadian Studies from Trent University, and an interview with Condé and Beveridge about their efforts to improve the socio-economic conditions of visual artists in Canada. At 4 p.m. there will be a panel discussion about unpaid internships, a precarious work experience often encountered by students. The panel, titled “Getting a foot in the door?”, includes former interns, intern rights’ advocates and legal experts.
A documentary film about the artists, Portrait of Resistance: The Art & Activism of Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, will be screened March 27 in the Arts Building, room 1E1, at 7 p.m. There will be a question and answer period with the filmmakers, Roz Owen and Jim Miller, after the screening.
Condé and Beveridge live and work in Toronto. They have collaborated with various trade union and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic and banner work over the past 30 years. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums. Recently, their work has been exhibited at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork, Ireland, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, the Noorderlicht Photofestival in Groningen, The Netherlands, and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.
Condé and Beveridge have been active in several labour arts initiatives including the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts in Toronto and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton. They received an honorary doctorate from OCAD University in 2010, and the Prix de mérite artistique from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2013.
Precarious is a curatorial partnership between Letters & Handshakes and the Robert Langen Art Gallery.
The Robert Langen Art Gallery has played a vital role at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus since it opened in 1989. As Laurier’s visual arts centre, the Robert Langen Art Gallery provides knowledge, stewardship, appreciation and enjoyment of Canadian art and culture to members of the Laurier community and beyond. The gallery’s annual programming complements concepts and theories in Laurier’s academic curriculum and integrates community outreach initiatives as related to the visual arts.