ALL OR NONE GARMENT WORKERS' UNION BANNERS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
OPENING JANUARY 20th Runs Jan 20 to Apr 22, 20176
Through a collection of rare banners from WAHC’s permanent collection, All or None traces the history and material culture of garment worker organizing in Eastern Canada. The structure and strength of textile has long been seen as a metaphor for community and care. All or None explores the iconography and production of these exquisite banners as vehicles of communication, celebration, affiliation, and resistance. This exhibition highlights the undeniable beauty of the banners while sharing the stories of garment workers’ unions such as the IGLWU, ACTWU, and UNITE!, and the workers– primarily immigrant women– who fueled garment manufacturing in Canada and beyond. Presented in conversation with these historic artifacts, the work of contemporary artist Kandis Friesen explores cloth’s potential to serve as both a poetic and political text, and as a vehicle of collective vocality.
Join us for the public opening reception of All or None on Friday, February 10th, 2017 from 7-10 pm.
Join us for an exciting slate of Winter programming in support of All or None, including a youth art workshop with Kandis Friesen, Telling Textiles PA Day camp with Hitoko Okada, and an exhibition and walking tour, The Fabric of the City, presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.
Friday, January 20, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton
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