Portrait of Resistance: The Art & Activism of Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge
Roz Owen and Jim Miller
2011, 72:00 minutes, colour, English, Open Captioned, French subtitles
For the last 35 years artist-activists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge have been engaging issues of social justice through their extraordinary staged photography. This documentary explores their stunning body of work, and witnesses the artists in action—creating provocative new images about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis. An intimate view of subjects who shun celebrity, Portrait of Resistance is about two artists who challenge the way we see our world.
In 1969 Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge made the move to the New York art world. Both had been gaining recognition—individually—for their minimalist work in Toronto. By the mid 70s however, the young married artists faced a dilemma: not only were they competing with every other artist in New York, they were also competing with each other. Instead of breaking them apart, their conflict politicized them, sparking a pioneering collaboration that continues today. Rejecting the art market, Condé and Beveridge began producing innovative photo-based work that is rooted in community and engaged with issues of social justice. Over the past 35 years they have helped forge strong links between art, the labour movement and social activists. The result is a body of extraordinary staged photographs that have shown in museums, galleries and trade union halls around the world—most recently in Holland and China. Portrait of Resistance is the first feature film about Condé and Beveridge.
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