Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Join us tonight to launch Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book "Harvest Pilgrims"

Reginald Cabey, from Montserrat, loading cauliflower, Waterford, Ontario, 1987

The gallery would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada (BTL Books, 2009).

Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada

Book Launch and Artist Talk: Tuesday, November 10th, 7–9pm. The Artist Talk will take place from 7:30pm-8pm (please arrive early as seating is limited).

Award-winning photographer and social activist Vincenzo Pietropaolo has been photographing migrant agriculture workers and recording their stories since 1984. He has travelled to forty locations throughout Ontario and visited the workers’ homes in Mexico, Jamaica, and Montserrat.

Pietropaolo has borne witness to these “harvest pilgrims”: the tens of thousands of migrant workers who arrive in the spring and leave in the fall. They are the backbone of the agricultural industry in Canada and, yet, continue to be denied many of the basic workplace rights that protect other workers in Canada.

Pietropaolo has published six previous photographic books, which include Not Paved with Gold (2006) and Celebration of Resistance (1999) with BTL Books. His work can be found in many prominent collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; National Archives of Canada, Ottawa; amongst many others.

Harvest Pilgrims was published by BTL Books (www.btlbooks.com) and made possible by a grant from the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (www.ufcw.ca).

On their first morning in Canada, Mexican workers are taken shipping
for food and supplies,St. Catharines, Ontario, 1987

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