WAG Features John Paskievich Photos of Winnipeg’s North End

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 30, 2019: A new exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) unveils unique perspectives on an iconic Winnipeg neighbourhood. On view until November 3, John Paskievich: The North End showcases 50 black-and-white photographs ranging from the 1970s to the 2000s, and is the largest display to date of the artist’s work at the WAG. The show is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, given its deep roots in the city’s North End.

On Friday, August 23 at 6:30pm, the WAG will host a public celebration with John Paskievich in conversation with Alison Gillmor and Michael Redhead Champagne until 7:30pm. Galleries will remain open until 10pm. Cash bar. RSVP for the free event at wag.ca/paskievich

About the Artist:
• John Paskievich is a Ukrainian-Canadian photographer and filmmaker.
• He was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Austria just after the Second World War before moving to Winnipeg, where he grew up in the North End in the 1950s and 1960s.
• In the early 1970s, after studying photography in Toronto, Paskievich began turning his camera to the community of his youth.
About the Exhibition:
• Curator Andrew Kear collaborated with Paskievich to select photos from the wildly popular University of Manitoba Press’ The North End: Photographs by John Paskievich and The North End Revisited.
• Photographer William Eakin managed printing of the inkjet prints created from negatives from the artist’s original collection.
• Winnipeg’s North End occupies roughly 12-square kilometers built around the central Main Street artery north of the city’s vast urban railyards.
• In the early 20th century, the neighborhood became an index of multicultural immigration, working class identity, and by the end of the first decade accounted for nearly half of the city’s entire population.
• Today, the North End continues to be home to diverse cultural backgrounds, including the largest urban Indigenous population in Canada.
• This exhibition is supported by the Schevchenko Foundation.

Quotes:

Paskievich’s most significant body of work, citizens going about their daily lives from the 1970s to the 2000s, has never been exhibited on such a scale. We can all learn about our city through Paskievich’s North End.
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Paskievich works at the intersection between art and documentary photography. By capturing life in the North End, he is finding art on the street, and creating a forum to talk about Winnipeg.
—Andrew Kear, Exhibition Curator

The North End is a remarkable area with a storied history. The WAG has shown many internationally-renowned artists. To know that my work is hanging on the same walls is humbling.
—John Paskievich, Photographer and Filmmaker

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Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1347
aharrison@wag.ca

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Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
PublicRelations@wag.ca

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