Harvest, Sweep, Gather
A two-person exhibition of work by Gail Bourgeois and Riaz Mehmood
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
May 13-August 20 2016
Exhibition documentation: Tara Bursey
We live in a culture of surveillance. New technologies present us with a barrage of imagery to consume and distract, all the while facilitating our capacity to both watch and be watched. This exhibition presents perspectives on past and present modes of surveillance and conflict.
Gail Bourgeois’ Cold War Pieces investigate the climate of fear associated with the cold war period though an evocative lexicon of archival and popular images presented as evidence. This body of work is the result of Bourgeois’ residency at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum in 2014. Riaz Mehmood combines the form of the mechanized drone with the folk form of Pakistani truck art to comment on their impact as a form of invasive technology on both privacy and human rights both in South Asia and around the globe.
Harvest, Sweep, Gather attempts to give form to acts of watching, seeking and collecting of bodies and data, and points to the consequences of these acts on civilians and workers.
This exhibition is accompanied by an essay by Siobhan Angus.