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Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization

February 7, 2008 - March 30, 2008

AWE Gallery

With photographs of abandoned industrial sites in Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, David Lewis demonstrates the profound effect of globalization on traditional manufacturing economies in North America. Through a belnd of oral history, images and interpretive essays, Corporate Wasteland investigates this fascinating terrain.

Lewis and exhibition curator Dr.Stephen High, Canadian Research Chair for Public History at Concordia University, have included interviews with workers in the five photo essays that comprise the show. They demostrate how similar the experience of deindustrialization has been across different regions. Haunting images are paired with poignant testimonies of those who remember industrial sites as workplaces rather than monuments. The pervasive sense of loss that characterizes Corporate Wasteland is enhanced through Lewis’s use of infrared film, which he alters digitally.

David W. Lewis lives in Calladar, Ontario, a town near North Bay. Corporate Wasteland has been organized and circulated by the W.K.P.Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, Ontario and presented in conjuction with the Windsor Labour Arts Festival 2008.

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