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Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

Condé born in Hamilton in 1940. Beveridge born in Ottawa in 1945. Both live and work in Toronto.

Since the mid-1970s, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge have been producing socially engaged collaborative work. Condé and Beveridge create their photomontage tableaux in dialogue with community groups, unions, disenfranchised persons and activists, weaving allegorical narratives that question our social values and challenge the status quo. In a 2004 series Through the Looking Glass, for instance, they created images based on workshops with Colombian trade union refugees and their union supporters in Canada. The 2007 work Fall of Water addressed the politics of water waste and scarcity while also alluding to art-historical touchstones. Beyond the gallery space, the artists’ work lends itself to many contexts, and it has appeared in public awareness campaigns at union halls, as well as on transit shelters and billboards. Condé and Beveridge’s repeated calls for reflection, accountability and social justice have gained them recognition as activist-artists dedicated to improving cultural consciousness. The pair has exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally, and have work in many public and community collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Stedelijk Museum.

Detail of Condé and Beveridge’s Fall of Water (2007) © Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge