Work in Progress

Carole CondÉ & Karl Beveridge


The Toronto based artist duo Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge have collaborated with various trade unions and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work for more than 30 years. They have exhibited across Canada and internationally in the trade union movement and in art galleries and museums. Along with their photography projects, they have undertaken a number of banner commissions for unions, several of which have won awards and have been exhibited internationally. In this installation for CONTACT, their series of photographs based on working women since 1895 have been reconfigured as banners. Each decade is represented by a different woman posed in a kitchen in which the props change with each period. Each image has a window into which a documentary photo indicates the politics of the period, a calendar that indicates the predominant type of work in which women were employed and a family photo that indicates the family structure of the time.