On May 1, 1919, Winnipeg’s building and metal workers went on strike for higher wages. Two weeks later, the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council declared their support, with the “Hello Girls” telephone operators walking off the job. By 11 a.m., 30,000 union and non-union workers had followed. When many police sympathized with the strikers, they were fired and replaced with 1,800 “Specials” armed with baseball bats, and paid for by the business community. On June 21, “Bloody Saturday,” in a clash that killed two and injured over 30, the strike was crushed.
Exhibition Dates: May 10 to August 24, 2019
Open: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception: May 10, 2019, 7-10 p.m.
Through video, installation and text-based works, Michael DiRisio’s exhibition Archiving Unrest will reflect on collective action while questioning the nature of collectivity itself. Timed to commemorate the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike, this project will also reflect on the massive strike wave that spread across Canada that year; a movement that was driven by participants striving for significant and substantial social change.
For more info on Michael DiRisio: http://michaeldirisio.ca/
A large, modular structure in the exhibition will house and display books about groups and gatherings where artists, academics and community groups will come together to read, meet and discuss. The Reading Groups dates are May 11 and 18 at 2 pm; June 8 and 15 at 2 pm; July 13 at 2 pm and 17 at 7 pm; Aug 10 at 2 pm and 14 at 7 pm.
Artists’ Dialogue: A dialogue between artist Michael DiRisio and Dylan Miner, centred around the question of the role arts institutions play in critical mass uprisings and civil unrest, such as the Winnipeg General Strike will take place on June 14 at 7 pm.
All events take place at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton.