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Heather Goodchild Uniform Factory

Heather Goodchild's Uniform Factory

July - August, 2012

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

Conceived by AGO artist-in-residence Heather GoodchildUniform Factory acts as both a training facility and a romanticized vision of the manufacturing process. In this space Goodchild replicates a fully functioning industrial garment factory in which volunteers are trained to fabricate uniforms that form part of a larger artwork for the artist's upcoming Nuit Blanche performance. The installation serves as a commentary on our current marketplace in which most products are made abroad while local manufacturing jobs are dwindling. This project offers a rose-tinted vision of past labour practices as a way to question our current systems and imagine change for the future. 

Uniform Factory embodies the following ideals:

  • WORKING WITH OTHERS TOWARDS A COMMON PURPOSE

  • KNOWING THAT YOUR SKILLED WORK IS USEFUL TO YOUR COMMUNITY

  • MANUFACTURING GOODS CELEBRATED FOR THEIR QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

  • TAKING PRIDE IN PURCHASING LOCALLY FABRICATED PRODUCTS

Referencing a diversity of ideas from the Shaker notion of object-making as a kind of prayer, to early 20th-century worker propaganda, Uniform Factory seeks to lift the dark stain of the sweatshop from the satisfaction of making an object with pride and care.


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