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Social Works: Rafael Goldchain, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Larry Towell

June 23, 2007 - August 19, 2007

AWE Gallery

This summer, the AGW will present a selection of the documentary photographs of three Canadian artists: Rafael Goldchain, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, and Larry Towell. Their works capture scenes from the lives of people residing and working in challenging circumstances around the world. Each has a different approach that subtly comments upon current or recent events in the Middle East, Central America, Canada and even Essex County.

Rafael Goldchain, the Chilean-born Toronto based photographer, has produced award-winning images of Mexico and Central America. His brightly-coloured pictures, often direct, also make use of humour to express hope and humanity in the midst of struggle.

Toronto artist Vincenzo Pietropaolo is well known for his photo essays documenting labour issues.  In this case the life of migrant farm workers in Ontario and at some of their homes in native Mexico. His latest series of images feature greenhouse workers in Essex County.

Bothwell, Ontario resident and Magnum photographer Larry Towell has similarly documented the nomadic existence of Mexican Mennonite migrant workers in Ontario and the desert colonies of Mexico. Beginning in the 1970s, Towell has also captured the tense political climate of El Salvador and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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