(b. Hamilton, Ontario, 1940)
(b. Ottawa 1945)
“Oshawa 1938-45, Dues” (3/6) (from the series Oshawa – History of UAW Local 222)
Azo dye print (Cibachrome)
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Gift of Sydney L. Ceresne
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1999-367
© Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge / CARCC (2018)
Oshawa – A History of UAW Local 222, by Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, is a series of 56 photomontages that traces the history of the first major industrial union organized in Canada, founded in 1937 in Oshawa, Ontario. Based on some fifty interviews with union members, these staged images with accompanying text illustrate various union activities. The photo presented here shows a woman sewing a banner and watching two men, one collecting the other’s union dues. In this series, Condé and Beveridge focus largely on the role of women in the trade union movement.
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge combine art and politics to produce works that deal with a variety of contemporary issues, such as the environment, mass media, poverty and the healthcare system. Promoting the potential of collective action and access to the arts, they work with groups outside the art world and exhibit their productions in both public spaces and community venues. Oshawa – A History of UAW Local 222 casts a critical eye on power relations in the workplace and exemplifies the artists’ research involving trade unions and their members.