Join us for an guided tour of our winter main gallery exhibition, All or None, with WAHC Youth Council member (and brilliant research assistant) Alex Ferrara. Free admission. All are welcome!
Alex Ferrara is a 4th Year Labour and Health Studies at McMaster University as well as a placement student at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. She is president of McMaster’s Labour Studies Student Association, and has a pug named Louie!
About All or None: Garment Workers’ Union Banners from the Permanent Collection:
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 a small series of exquisite banners from WAHC’s collection 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 ILGWU, 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.
For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29