On view: Friday 24 April – Tuesday 11 May, 2015
Organized by: Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, The Khyber Centre for the Arts
Scene Otherwise features four recent photographic projects by the Artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge (Toronto ON), organized by Anna Leonowens Gallery and NSCAD U as part of the Mayworks festival taking place at The Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax NS. The projects look at the issue of climate change and it’s roots in capitalist development, the dual exploitation of migrant workers and the earth, the role of public institutions in the promotion of a democratic culture, and the recent Occupy movement that expressed a new type of resistance to the economic and environmental devastation of life.
The Artists often work with the communities involved in their projects. This exhibition includes works produced in collaboration with migrant agricultural workers (UFCW) and public cultural workers (members of CUPE). Condé and Beveridge will be present for a workshop and closing reception at the Khyber Tuesday 12 May, 2015 and will be receiving honorary degrees from NSCAD University at commencement May 16th, 2015.
A limited edition poster and essay by Max Haiven were produced for the exhibition.
“The Future of Precarious Work: A Workshop on Art, Labour and Activism” with Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge – 6-8PM Tuesday 12 May 12, 2015
The Khyber Centre for the Arts
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to work with renowned activist-artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge on strategies for using art to understand and confront the growth of precarious work (i.e. temporary, part-time, casualized, insecure). It will begin with a discussion of the nature of precarious work in today’s capitalist economy and it’s effect on the arts and continue into a conversation about forms of resistance. Then there will be an opportunity to put our creativity to work. No artistic or activist experience is require
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge
Canadian artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge moved to New York City in 1969, and soon were at the centre of the burgeoning conceptual art movement. In 1975, they joined the Art & Language journal The Fox (with Joseph Kosuth and Ian Burn) and picketed the Museum of Modern Art to protest its lack of inclusion of women artists, while critiquing the apolitical minimalism of Donald Judd. This ferment culminated in a major museum show, It’s Still Privileged Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1976, just prior to the artists’ return to Toronto in1977.
By the late 1970s, Condé and Beveridge drew a focus on various issues that were urgent within the trade union movement. Their method of working dialogically with their subjects was invented for the landmark 1981 project Standing Up, and has been refined in numerous subsequent collaborations. In the past three decades, over fifty solo exhibitions of Condé and Beveridge’s work have been presented at major museums and art spaces on four continents, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK); Museum Folkswang (Germany); George Meany Centre (Washington); Dazibao Gallery (Montreal); Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires); Art Gallery of Edmonton; and the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney).
Equally, and congruent with the artists’ commitment to accessibility, their work has been displayed in a host of non-art and public settings, such as union halls, billboards, bus shelters and bookworks. The artists continue to work and live in Toronto.