WorkSpace Canada's journey in 2018
In 2018 I made the decision to extend the time frame for the project's production (originally set for 2006-2016) in order to fully accomplish WorkSpace Canada's documentary mission. That relates to the missing Canadian territories - Yukon, North West Territories - as well as to occupational fields still missing in the collection. In order to tackle these objectives, I took off in September 2018 and went on a combined production and promotion tour. Certainly a highlight was the project's presentation in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta, thanks to Sara Dorow and Harvey Krahn. Just to mention a few other highlights along my travels - I had a great meeting with the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Admiral Lloyd, and his team in Ottawa, and I was discussing prospects for the project's collection with the director of Library and Archives Canada, Guy Berthiaume.
Production took place in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario, as the mentioned northern territories will take more time for preparation. In Saskatchewan I continued my work with the Lac La Ronge First Nation. Around Kindersley it was about agriculture and women behind desk and counter. The Alberta production was mainly defined by the weeks I spent in Fort McMurray / Fort McKay. In Ontario I paid respect to a very important work field for my own personal well being in all the demanding production years - I had the pleasure to portray an excellent yoga teacher in Toronto. Thank you to all 2018 project participants!
2018 was also a year of exhibits. The beginning made the one at the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin. In November two more shows opened: First in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Work/Shift, which is still on display until January 19, 2019. In this group exhibition the project is represented with photographs from the 2014 P.E.I. production. On November 21 the inauguration of Face to Face with Canada – A Nation at Work at the German Embassy in Ottawa took place. Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser is a faithful supporter of the project since 2012. The photographs will remain on display until June 2020. As for recent publications - the Canadian online magazine ARTSFILE recently published an interview - Martin Weinhold shines a light on working Canadians.
There is a new WorkSpace Canada website accessible, my sincere thanks to Dr. Branko Woischwill who generously submitted his time to make the webpage become a reality.
I would like to explicitly thank the people who helped making the 2018 journey possible. I wish everybody a beautiful holiday season and a happy new year!
Focus on Work in Native Communities in Canada
The exhibition "Ideas of Land and Gainful Employment" is featuring specifically First Nations people in Canada in their work environment. The photographs introduce personalities with their occupations, ranging from traditional craft in Northern Saskatchewan, road construction near Thunder Bay to gold mining in Nunavut. The selected portraits and work series are part of the overall photo documentary WorkSpace Canada. For anybody visiting Berlin this year, the show will be on display until mid-December 2018 at the John-F-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. Admission is free, opening hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday - from 9 am to 8 pm
John-F-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin, Germany
The venue is easily accessible by public transit. Please use subway line number 3 (“Krumme Lanke”), the subway stop is called “Dahlem Dorf”, from there it is only a five minute walk.
Ausstellung über First Nations in Kanada
Am John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien wurde am 23. Mai die Ausstellung "Ideas of Land and Gainful Employment" eröffnet. Aus dem Gesamtprojekt WorkSpace Canada habe ich eine Auswahl an Bildern getroffen, die indigene Arbeitsumfelder in Kanada vorstellen und die Menschen mit diesen Berufen im Portrait zeigen. Der Bogen spannt sich von der Innu First Nation in Labrador, über die Ojibway im nördlichen Ontario, bis zu den Woodland Cree in Saskatchewan. Die Ausstellung ist noch bis zum Dezember 2018 zu sehen, bei freiem Eintritt und zu folgenden Öffnungszeiten:
Montag-Freitag, 9:00-20:00 Uhr
Adresse: Bibliothek des John-F.-Kennedy-Instituts für Nordamerikastudien, Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin
Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel: U-Bahn Linie 3, Station "Dahlem Dorf", von dort 5 Minuten zu Fuß
Für die Unterstützung und Hilfe möchte ich mich besonders bedanken bei Prof. Dr. Harald Wenzel, Regina Wenzel, Carola und Alexander, sowie bei der Leiterin der Bibliothek, Medea Seyder, für die Möglichkeit an diesem schönen Ort ausstellen zu dürfen.
Das Projekt WorkSpace Canada im Jahr 2018
Nach langer Winterpause gibt es wieder Nachrichten zur Fortführung der WorkSpace Canada Dokumentation. In den vergangenen Monaten habe ich mich mit einigen Mentoren des Projektes beraten und die einhellige Empfehlung war, das Projekt nicht geographisch unvollendet zu lassen. Das heißt, daß WorkSpace Canada nicht mit der Produktion im Jahr 2016 beendet sein wird, sondern noch um die beiden fehlenden Territorien - Yukon und die North West Territories erweitert.
Talking about an important province for the WorkSpace Canada Project
Recently I had the pleasure to talk to Sheila Coles, host of CBC Saskatchewan's The Morning Edition. Subject was the project in general but also aspects relating to Saskatchewan specifically, as one of the most important provinces for the WorkSpace Canada photo documentary. In five different years I took pictures in Saskatchewan for enhancing the collection. To be honest, I would be more than happy to add another couple of more production trips to the province's prairies and the boreal forest, as everytime I feel a new door is opening and I find more people and their workplaces to capture. For those who are curios to read a condensed version of the interview, please go to the CBC Saskatchewan website. There is also a good collection of Saskatchewan pictures accompanying the text.
Opening on September 5th
I would like to thank everybody who came to see the exhibition since the installation was completed. The opening on September 5th was packed, I could tell from the pictures that I was sent by email. It makes me very happy that the exhibition conveys a sense of what I would like to achieve with the WorkSpace Canada Project. I am very grateful for any comment on the current show and already have to thank a number of people for their substantial feedback. I hope the show will have many more visitors and that I can be there in person for the next exhibition to come about WorkSpace Canada.
Face to Face with Canada - A Nation at Work
This is the title of an exhibition about the WorkSpace Canada Project that will be opening soon in Downtown Toronto. Thanks to the kind collaboration with Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts / the Documentary Media Research Centre, it was possible to set up a show which is representing a decade of my documentary production in Canada. All photographs on display are original gelatin silver prints made in my own darkroom facility. Some of them were just recently coming out of the drying press, as there are for instance the first 2016 photographs, depicting people from Nunavut or the Canadian Navy. Due to the spatial conditions it will be a very compact exhibition. Nonetheless the show is taking the viewer on a unique journey throughout the Canadian provinces, offering lots of inside views to a great variety of work lives.
I would particularly like to thank the curator of this exhibition, Don Snyder, who is also my long-time mentor for this project. Without his unbelievable commitment and support the show wouldn’t have been possible.
Face to Face with Canada will be running from Friday, September 1st, 2017 – Sunday, September 24th, 2017.
The opening takes place on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the opening. Due to budget restrictions I can’t make it to Toronto. I am very sorry for that but I still have to cope with the expenses of the 2016 production.
The gallery's regular hours of operation are:
Thursday & Friday 1-8pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-7pm
Since April 2017 a new publication with the title In Canadian Workspaces is out. It is not yet the final and comprehensive book I am striving for, but a smaller publication well printed on excellent paper in duotone. It contains a distinguished selection of photographs from the production years 2011-2016. The image sequences on the 32 pages are arranged according to different relations between person and workspace, taking the viewer on a journey throughout the Canadian provinces. The number of photographs in the book represent about one-hundredth of the project's collection that would be suitable for publication.
Vielen Dank an alle, die zur Eröffnung von „Märzenbecherduft“ nach Berlin-Adlershof gekommen sind. Ein großes Dankeschön auch an die Kuratorin und Organisatorin der Ausstellung, Dorit Bearach. Die Schau ist noch bis zum 29. April 2017 zu sehen. Werke von 25 Künstlern sind in den großzügigen 5 Räumen der Galerie Alte Schule zu sehen. 2004 hatte ich an diesem Ort meine erste, wichtige Einzelausstellung ("Künstler Köpfe Ateliers").
Another announcement for anybody being in Berlin in March, regarding the mentioned group exhibition I am participating in. Here is the link to the gallery: http://galerie-alte-schule-adlershof.de/galerie-alte-schule-adlershof/ For more information you can also enlarge the invitation that is copied below this text. The prints that I am going to show include the first portraits from the 2016 Nunavut material, photographed in Baker Lake. I will give a glimpse of the show and the photographs after the opening.