Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour)
January 25, 2014 - April 13, 2014
Participating artists: C.A.M.P. (India), Sam Durant (USA), Philip Hoffman and Marian McMahon (Canada), Marisa Jahn (USA), Reena Katz aka Radiodress (Canada), Margareta Kern (UK), Kero and Annie Hall (Canada), Vince Kogut (Canada), Min Sook Lee and Deborah Barndt (Canada), Ken Lum (Canada), Dylan Miner (Métis), Precarious Workers Brigade (UK), Martha Rosler (USA), Andrea Slavik (Canada), David Taylor (USA)
Following the launch of the multi-year Border Cultures series with the award-winning Part One (homes, land) in 2013, the AGW continues its research and discussion around the geographic, political and socio-economic context of the Windsor-Detroit region with the second edition of the series. Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour) examines the changing labour market in our globalized economies and the in-between space of the borderlands where free-flowing capital and the uneasy movements of the stratified work force encounter one another. Capital flows more easily than people to fulfill the demands of our consumer-based societies. Corporations set up factories and sweatshops across the world, employing thousands of people under precarious conditions at low wages. Similarly, while outsourcing North American jobs has adversely impacted its working and middle-classes, there is continued dependence on migrant workers in the agricultural, domestic and service sectors that are invisible in the public realm.
Part Two draws inspiration from the history of social struggles in the region, such as the Underground Railroad, the anti-segregation protests in the auto factories, and generations of migrant workers who contributed to the regional economy. The artists examine these histories that have crossed boundaries and brought people together, highlighting the strategies used by them to survive and thrive. By expressing solidarity through DIY kits to humorous posters that riff on pop culture and street art, the artists look back through official labour archives and respond with personal histories. For Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour), the gallery will transform from a performance space to a place for discussion and community gathering to paying homage to the labour of artists, organizers and everyday folk whose work obscure the confines of national boundaries.
The AGW welcomes TD Bank Group as the new, multi-year sponsor
for the Border Cultures 2013-15 exhibition series
Read a review in Canadianart.ca by Leah Sandals about the AGW’s exhibition Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour) at http://www.canadianart.ca/features/2014/04/03/border-cultures-2-windsor/
Hear Jonathan Pinto’s interview with Curator Srimoyee Mitra on CBC’s Windsor Morning, click here. (Runs 5:15) : http://www.cbc.ca/windsormorning/episodes/2014/02/07/border-cultures-work-labour-at-the-agw/
Read a review in OurWindsor.Ca: http://www.ourwindsor.ca/whatson-story/4332611-working-with-borders-at-the-art-gallery-of-windsor/
Read Ted Shaw’s Jan. 23 article Blue collar art on display at AGW in the Windsor Star: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/01/23/blue-collar-art-on-display-at-agw/