With the exhibition WorkSpace Canada, the library of John-F.-Kennedy-Institute introduces an extract from a project of the same title by Berlin based photographer Martin Weinhold. The work of portraits that was invitiated in 2006 represents the effort of a visualinventory of work and life schemes in Canada at the beginning of the 21st century.
"For more than a decade Martin Weinhold travels and examines Canada on his mission to produce a portrait of a nation at work. Depicting the relationship between person and workplace is the project’s central artistic idea. The author wants to capture how our daily work coins us, how it shapes personalities. An important inspiration came from political theorist Hannah Arendt. Weinhold’s work is strongly influenced by Arendt’s book The Human Condition, where she distinguishes between labour, work and action as important elements for the realization of our human capacities. “What are the choices we have for that within our limited life time?” is therefore a central question for the WorkSpace Canada Project. As of 2020 the project’s collection consists of approx. 4,000 photographs from all Canadian provinces and one territory. The final production will cover the Yukon and the North West Territories as well as several new occupational fields."
© by Martin Weinhold, Workspace Canada Projekt