Artcite presents “OCCUPY THIS!” A group exhibition for MayWorks Windsor 2012.
109 University Avenue West, Windsor, Ontario
April 20 – May 26, 2012
Reception: Friday May 4, 2012, 7:30 PM
“OCCUPY WINDSOR DOCUMENTATION PROJECT” by
Alana Bartol (Windsor ON);
Collette Broeders (LaSalle ON);
“THE BREAK ROOM” by the GO HOME Collective:
Teresa Carlesimo (Windsor, ON) and
Michael DiRisio (Amherstburg ON)
Organized by the MayWorks Windsor 2012 Committee
detail images from the Occupy Windsor Documentation Project
Artcite collaborates with the MayWorks Windsor committee to develop a new and relevant activist themed exhibition for each MayWorks Windsor celebration, highlighting issues of labour and the Arts. Our 2012 exhibit features the Windsor ON collective GO HOME’s installation “The Break Room”; the “Occupy Windsor Documentation Project” and video histories of “Occupy Windsor” participants.
With the permission, support and participation of Occupy Windsor, Collette Broeders and Alana Bartol present “Occupy Windsor Documentation Project”, a multi-media installation that includes various artifacts from the Occupy Windsor camp, mixed-media drawings, video and sound. The exhibit examines the oral stories collected from the camp as well as the unique methods of communication used by Occupy Windsor and Occupy movements worldwide. Though this exploration, Bartol and Broeders evoke the power of nonverbal systems of communication that resonate within resistance groups as well as members of the wider community.
“As more people in this region lose jobs and politicians answer with austerity, the Occupy movement taught us that it is possible for people to come together, live and work for the mutual benefit of all in the spirit of cooperation. Occupy Windsor stands as an example of not only resistance but of workable alternatives.”
-Paul Chislett (Occupy Windsor)
Teresa Carlesimo and Michael DiRisio (GO HOME collective) present their installation; “The Break Room” – a typical workspace break room, constructed within the gallery: a room that is completely furnished and appears to be a fully functional break room, but without a door or entry way. Without an entrance the room will be physically unreachable, but visible through Plexiglas windows We have created a break room as a place that exists only in the context of wage labour, yet is not a place of labour. Instead, it is a place for the time spent between labouring. It’s a non-place. A place that is often cold and inhospitable. A place that rarely offers the respite that is promised by a “break”. As well, by transforming a section of the gallery space into a break room, we are effectively transforming the surrounding area into a workspace.
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