THE DEPARTMENT OF ART IN COLLABORATION WITH FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES,

THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE @ QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY PRESENT

Three days READING

art and activism

                       WITH GUEST ARTISTS CAROLE CONDÉ & KARL BEVERIDGE

+ FILMMAKERS, ROZ OWEN AND JIM MILLER

NOVEMBER 21-23, 2011 

Day 2. TUES, November 22nd, 7.00pm ELLIS AUDITORIUM, Queen’s University.

                 Film screening and post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers and artists.

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE – THE ART AND ACTIVISMS OF CAROLE CONDÉ & KARL BEVERIDGE (2011)

Director/producer: Roz Owen. Editor/producer: Jim Miller. Anti-amnesiac Productions.

72 min. documentary. Featuring music of Oreka TX, Billy Bragg, Afro Celt Sound System, Cheryl Ockrant with original music composed by John Sheard.

“As young artists living in the women’s movement of the 1970s, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge faced a dilemma – they were in competition with each other. Instead of breaking them apart their conflict politicized them – sparking a pioneering collaboration that continues today. Portrait of Resistancewitnesses Condé & Beveridge in action as they create provocative staged photographs 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.” (www.anti-amnesiac.net)

Day 1. MONDAY, November 21st, 9.00 am – 11.15 am. ONTARIO HALL, Rm 210

                ART HISTORY ART & ACTIVISM SEMINAR (Limited seating)

Showing other examples of their work, Condé and Beveridge will discuss the critical and political aspects of art and activism, and their experiences with artist and other community organizations.

Day 3. WEDNESDAY, November 23rd, 11.30 am – 1.30 pm ELLIS, Rm 224

                CULTURAL STUDIES SPEAKS SERIES:

                CAROLE CONDÉ & KARL BEVERIDGE

Join us in this popular and exciting seminar series to discuss the artists’ research methodologies and the praxis of defining and working for a social base.  

Film Trailer is here: http://vimeo.com/29422693

More info: Clive Robertson cr16@queensu.ca

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE

FILMMAKERS: 

ROZ OWEN is an award winning director and writer who works in both drama and documentary. In 2006, Roz received the Kodak New Vision Award for her feature script CLOSE BEFORE STRIKING. All three of her dramatic scripts have been optioned. YOU LOVE ME I HATE YOU received both Genie and Golden Sheath nominations for best short drama. It had its world premiere at The Locarno International Festival in Switzerland and its Canadian premiere at TIFF. Presently Roz is working towards production of her Canadian British feature co-production LOOK BOTH WAYS.

JIM MILLER is the creator of award-winning documentary work in diverse media. His 1986 art installation, Poison Pen: A Story of Wrongful Dismissal toured Canada and the UK. In the 1990’s he garnered extensive national press for his HARRISEES political satire. In 2005 Jim was co-recipient of the “Pl@tform award” for GLOBAL KITCHENS— an interactive documentary. Over the last 10 years Jim’s focus has been editing and producing new-media and film.

In 2006, partners Roz and Jim formed anti-amnesiac productions. They both produce and write. In September 2008 their short doc, COMMUNITY MATTERS (commissioned by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre) won the OAAG Visual Art Film Award. In October 2011 their film, PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE: The Art & Activism of Carolé Conde & Karl Beveridge  had its world premiere at the Planet in Focus film festival in Toronto. Jim and Roz both are responsible for the new web site, rightbiter.ca – “Canada’s satirical news digest of hard-to-swallow right-wing fact and folly.”

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE

FEATURED ARTISTS:

CAROLE CONDÉ & KARL BEVERIDGE live and work in Toronto.  They have collaborated with various trade union and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work over the past 30 years. Their work has researched and represented the politics and culture of industrial and public sector labour via histories that foreground contemporary participant stories. Their major projects have concerned migrant farm work, women as union organizers, auto manufacturing, hydro and nuclear power, forestry, Atlantic cod fisheries, health care in the U.S. and Canada, anti-poverty and the unemployed, systemic racism and state violence, the global economy and free trade, the environment and green work,.

Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums.  Recently their work has been included in exhibitions at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland, a survey exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario, and the Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Holland.

Carole and Karl have been active in numerous labour arts initiatives including the first of many labour arts festivals held in Canadian cities known as Mayworks beginning in 1985, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre museum in Hamilton, Ontario. They are the authors of five books and served as editorial collective members ofThe Fox (NYC) and FUSE (Toronto). A survey anthology, Condé and Beveridge: Class Works edited by Bruce Barber was published by NSCAD University Press in association with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in 2008. Condé and Beveridge received the first Ontario Federation of Labour Cultural Award in 1998, an Honourary Doctorate from OCAD University in 2010, and, this year,the César Chavez Black Eagle Cultural Award from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Canada.

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