Labour art project denied

2017-04-18

in Canada, Economics, Photo essays, Photography, Politics, Teaching, The environment, Toronto

Ages ago I submitted a photo essay to the Canadian Labour Congress for their “Workers’ Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice” project.

It was meant to be funded as part of the (at least dubious, and almost certainly offensive, given that people have lived here for many thousands of years) Canada 150 celebration.

The call to photographers in June 2016 explained: “The CLC invites photographers to participate in a historic exhibition on workers’ rights, social justice, and equity.” They went on to say:

Workers have historically taken the lead role in fighting for social justice issues, which have had an impact far beyond the workplace and into every part of the daily lives of Canadians. Therefore, the exhibition will be both a celebration of victories and an opportunity to take stock of the continuing struggles for social justice. Where have we succeeded as a social movement?

In the end, the people behind the proposal (Vince Pietropaolo and John Maclennan) told the photographers that it’s not going to happen due to lack of funding.

As such, I am making my photo essay submission public: Victories and continuing struggles.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

alena April 18, 2017 at 9:51 am

Those are great photos; maybe they could be printed by an environmental magazine. I really like the one of the older woman escorted by a policeman.

Oleh April 20, 2017 at 5:03 am

It is interesting that you were present on all of these occasions. The photo of the escorted elderly woman resonated with me as well, as did the dignified protester pose.

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