Thursday, June 11, 2009

Artist Lecture by Vincenzo Pietropaolo Tonight

We are pleased to announce that gallery artist Vincenzo Pietropaolo will be giving an artist talk tonight at Dylan Ellis Gallery @ Elevator Digital.

HARVEST PILGRIMS

Mexican and Caribbean migrant farm workers in Canada

Thursday, June 11th 2009, 6:30-9pm
Lecture begins at 7pm


From among Vincenzo Pietropaolo's many long-term photographic projects, including his photography of the Italian-Canadian immigrant community in the 1970s, the processions of the faithful and the beautiful trees we live amongst, Harvest Pilgrims is a photographic project about the lives and experiences of migrant farm workers. Pietropaolo's images provide passage into a complex narrative involving commodity goods, families left behind, workers' rights, the realities of economic exchange, and the apples in Ontario fridges.

As the project description details, "Harvest Pilgrims is a series of photographs that chronicles the phenomenon of migrant farm workers in Canada, who come annually from Mexico, Jamaica, and smaller countries of the Caribbean, but who must return home every year at the end of the season. About 20,000 off shore workers, as they are referred to locally, are permitted to come every year, and Pietropaolo has been photographing them and recording the stories since 1984. He has visited in dozens of farms, and has followed some them to their homes in Mexico and Jamaica. Although they arrive as temporary workers, by coming every year they have become entrenched in the Canadian labour force, and are now the main stay of many traditional family farms in Canada, and increasingly, the larger corporate type farms. In fact, much of the harvest has become completely dependent on this transient yet permanently available work forcea vivid example of the globalized food economy. Harvest Pilgrims will be published as a monograph in September 2009, by BTL Publishers of Toronto."

Additionally, Pietropaolo has another forthcoming book, Invisible No More: A photographic chronicle of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, due out in 2010 from Rutgers University Press.

Location:
Dylan Ellis Gallery @ Elevator Digital
42 Industrial Street
Toronto, On
M4G 1 Y9



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