Critical Writing Index

Class Pictures

by Laura Marks

Afterimage, Sept. 1989, v. 17, no. 2, pp. 4-5

Three festivals concerning the relationship of art and labour occur simultaneously: The Great Labour Arts Exchange in Washington, DC and the concurrent Vancouver and Toronto Mayworks festival. For one week working artists, unions and labourers collaborate or work by themselves on producing a series of works addressing issues surrounding unions, (un)employment, homelessness, class-based societies and working communities. These works are displayed both in and outside of gallery settings, allowing the middleclass to view the work outside of the pretense created by the art world. A wide range of mediums are employed, from photography to performance-based art. As much as an opportunity to raise awareness within the community of artists and workers, Mayworks serves as an opportunity for artists and workers to find common interests and goals in each other's work.

ITEM 1989.082 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Working PicturesCarole Conde

Working PicturesKarl Beveridge

This Dud's For YouBrian Davies

Installing The Bowery, St. James Park, TorontoVince Pietropaolo

Good MedicineParachute Club

Post ScriptParachute Club

De-Industrial Strength SoapGlen Richards

De-Industrial Strength SoapGround Zero

Re:ConnectionsGround Zero

Parkdale WorksDavid Smiley

Workers' OwnLouise Matchett

Carrying The CalfShirley Barrie

Dry Lips Ought to Move to KapuskasingTomson Highway

In The Neighborhood of My HeartDon Bouzek