Derek Sullivan, Jo–Anne McArthur, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge are highly acclaimed visual artists who love the creative interaction and validation provided by a book. Each will present their work on screens and discuss the power of the book.
Definitely inspired by books, Sullivan has collaborated with Micah Lexier on a bookwork, made an accordion foldout book inspired by California-based artist Ed Ruscha and has created a four unit structure entitled Four Notable Booksellers celebrating Paris' iconic second-hand bookshops located on the Seine.
McArthur's recently published book We Animals caps an impressive year in which the committed photographer and animal rights activist starred in the award-winning documentary Ghosts in our Machine.
Veteran Conceptual artists Condé and Beveridge create narratives with their photographs, which extol the rights of workers and calls into question the nature of capitalism. They will be joined by film producer and artist Jim Miller who will present excerpts of his latest project, an online catalogue raissoné of Condé and Beveridge's work.
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge live and work in Toronto. They have collaborated with various trade union and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic works over the past 40 years.
Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums. Recently their work has been included in exhibitions at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, a survey exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany, and the Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Holland.
Carole and Karl have been active in several labour arts initiatives including the Mayworks Festival in Toronto and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. They received the Ontario Federation of Labour's Cultural award in 1997, an Honourary Doctorate from OCAD University in 2010, the Cesar Chavez Black Eagle Cultural Award from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Canada, in 2011 and the Prix de mérite artistique from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2013.