January 10 to July 5, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, January 17, 7:00 –10:00 pm
Curated by Suzanne Carte
Division of Labour is an exhibition bringing together artists who address issues of class, race, and labour as they relate to cultural waste. Including the works of nine artists who utilize recycled material in their work to illustrate the power and potential of reused matter for artistic production, the exhibition and ancillary programming are designed to educate about the scarcity of resources, labour rights, and the lack of living wages in the arts.
Featuring ro Barragan (Buenos Aires), Patrick Cruz (Toronto), Atom Cianfarani (Montreal), Nicolas Fleming (Toronto), Marlene Jess (Vancouver), Lisa Meecham (Burlington), Joaquin Wall (Buenos Aires), Allyson Vieira (New York), and Shellie Zhang (Toronto).
We are living in a time of increasing economic uncertainty, wage gaps, and class divides. Barter economy systems, critical discourse about consumption, and circuits of solidarity exchange are more present than ever in the daily working lives of artists and cultural producers. Division of Labour uses this moment to consider the true cost of artists’ labour and economic parity through their recovery of and access to excess material. The exhibition is not simply a display of objects constructed from trash but works to support the building of new networks, resources, and methods for the sustainability of artists’ work. It goes beyond accessing free material to open dialogue about the systemic issues inherent in class dynamics, underemployment, and labour exploitation that plague the cultural industry.
Division of Labour is generously supported by our Title Sponsor RBC Wealth Management and our Activation Sponsor Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Ontario Arts Council. The Artist Material Fund is graciously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Community partners include BurlingtonGreen, Centre, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, and the Consulate General of Argentina in Toronto.
Image Credit: Yuula Benivolski