Browse Exhibits (10 total)

“The Pictures Are the Thing:” Farm Security Administration Photographers Document the American Factory in the Depression Era

How did the celebrated documentary photographers employed by the US government in the 1930s treat labor and the world of work?  This exhibit explores the work of Jack Delano, John Vachon, Arthur Rotstein, Marjory Collins, and others.

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Subverting Fordism: Transnational Radicalism in Detroit and Turin


This is an exhibit about autoworkers, labor militants and intellectuals who between the Second World War and the end of the 1970s challenged the power of the most powerful manufacturers in the world: the automakers of Detroit and Turin.

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Heat wave: Material determinations and worker's identity, analysis of an Argentinian steelworks (1958-1981)

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Establecimientos Metalúrgicos Santa Rosa was the third biggest steel factory in Argentina between 1958 and 1981. The analysis of its production process will help us understand the heat as a key element in the construction of its worker's identity.

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Gender and Labour at the Margins of Modernity: Female Factory Work in Turkey, 1930s-1950s

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Through interweaving the parallel processes of industrialisation and nation-building, this exhibit explores the two most prominent aspects of visible modernity in interwar Turkey: the image of the large factory and the status of women.

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The Transnational Ready-Made Garment Industry in Bangladesh: Shifts and Changes, late 1970s until now


In this exhibit, we draw attention to fundamental changes in the gendered nature of Bangladesh’s garment workforces, and to the way these changes are related to far-ranging organizational and technological changes the industry has repeatedly gone through in Bangladesh.

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The Memory of Industrial Legacies: The Mills-Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile in Hong Kong

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This exhibition explores the material and immaterial legacies of the Mills-Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT). These are traces of the factory’s past for a re-consideration on factory repurposing as a global paradigm shift of industrial development.

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Bangles and Christmas Balls: Decorative Glass Production Systems in Contemporary Globalization

Contemporary globalization is renewing older processes of competition between Nothern and Southern working classes as well as intensifying the competition between workers and machines. The networks of decoration glass are an excellent illustration of these phenomena and of their complexity. This exhibit explores these phenomena using the  example of bangles and christmas balls industries in both India and France.

Happy Workers (USA)


Workplaces: Pasts & Presents is pleased to launch this exhibit -- the first in a series that will appear over the next few months featuring visual artists and visual researchers whose creative output centres around themes of labour and the workplace.

In Happy Workers the artist Enid Crow investigates the contemporary American worker by dressing up as characters in discarded work uniforms and posing in front of their workplaces. The photographic project uses humor and parody to respond to injustices such as low wages, deceptive employment contracts, and hostility at work.   

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In de Mas Camp. Trinidad. (TT-WI)

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LOCATION: Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. 




-Visual anthropology with a photographic body of work between Trinidad, TT-WI, and Toronto, Canada, between 2013-2014-2015.

-Participant Observation fieldwork.

-Fours carnival seasons of participant observation in carnival costumes Caribbean studios.

-Restitution of photographic ad hoc portfolio for each carnival festival.

-Reflexivity and multilinguistic writing and fieldwork practice: Italian, English, French, Spanish, and English Creole.

-Familyhood, care.

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Silvertown (UK)

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Silvertown is a hypnotic journey through the drastically changing landscapes of the London Docklands. Using the idea of a dock as a floating axis, the film embarks on a psycho-geographical exploration of both under and over-ground terrains.