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Teresa Ascencao, Bruno, Construction Worker. Beet root on paper, 22 x 30”, 2017.

Teresa Ascencao
Daily Bread

Curated by Abedar Kamgari

May 11 – August 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday May 11, from 7-9 pm

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON L8L 1B5

Featuring a new series of anthotypes by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, Daily Bread highlights the labour of the Portuguese-Canadian diaspora in Hamilton and Toronto.

Portuguese-Canadians have contributed to the building and functioning of Canadian cities for decades, often enduring physically demanding jobs to put food on the table. They are cooks, homemakers, in-house childcare workers, cleaners, and construction and garment workers. Inspired by this history, and drawing on her Azorean and Portuguese-Canadian background, Ascencao depicts the individual hands behind the work. She makes light-sensitive emulsions from plants used in traditional Azorean and Portuguese foods, which become key ingredients in creating anthotype images when exposed to sunlight. The process of creating the ephemeral anthotypes can take several weeks to complete, and is reminiscent of the patience and care involved in preparing food for loved ones every day. By capturing a fragment of local workers’ routines, Daily Bread brings to light their individual stories of migration and perseverance.

Taking place at Workers Arts & Heritage Centre

WORK IT! Workshops for Youth and Adults: Anthotypes with Teresa Ascencao
Saturday, June 2nd, 1:30 – 4 pm
Participants will learn to create their own anthotype images using light-sensitive plant juices in a hands-on artmaking workshop. This workshop will be paired with a short tour of the exhibition Daily Bread. All materials provided. Free/PWYC.

PA DAY CAMP: Journeys by Lantern with Hitoko Okada
Friday, June 8th, 9 am – 4 pm
In this camp day that combines stories of migration, work and art, kids will learn about natural dyes and try their hands at dyeing Japanese paper with common household items. In the afternoon, this paper will be used to build their own functional lantern. $20; pre-registration is required.

Coffee & Conversation
Saturday, July 21st, 2 – 4 pm
Join us for an afternoon discussion on the history and politics of Portuguese-Canadian labour in Hamilton and Toronto. Free; all are welcome.


Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social constructs of body language, costume, socially inscribed objects and spaces, and inner corporeal experiences. Her folk and pop inspired artworks employ concept-specific media and technologies that invite audiences to play with iconographies and scenarios involving gender, seduction, consumption, and class. Born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ascencao immigrated to Canada at a young age. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.

Abedar Kamgari has lived in three countries, five cities, and eighteen different houses. Now Abedar practices as an artist, independent curator, and arts worker based in Hamilton and Toronto.

For more information about this exhibition and its auxiliary programming, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or


This exhibition and its public programming are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Programs for Children and Youth this season are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Hamilton Community Foundation. The artist would like to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council for their support.

George Hunter, Northwest Territories: Yellowknife Area—Consolidated Discovery Mine: Gold miners on boardwalk to cook house. Silver gelatin print, 8 x 10”, 1971.

George Hunter
Selected Works

May 11th – June 30th, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 7-9 pm.

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON L8L 1B5

Join us for a rare showing of selections from our collection of industrial photography by George Hunter.

George Hunter (1921-2013) was a Canadian documentary photographer from the Prairies who spent seven decades capturing industrial and landscape scenes on film. In 2010, Hunter donated a collection of 120 prints of his mid-20th century industrial images to the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. These images, commissioned by government and corporate clients, present views of workers across Canada, and a heroic vision of Canadian industry.

Paired with Teresa Ascencao’s Daily Bread, the selections in this exhibition share connections with the works of Ascencao found in the main gallery. This exhibition also describes some of the preservation efforts of WAHC staff to identify and mitigate damage to works in this collection—acts which echo the measures of care taken in showing and preserving Ascencao’s ephemeral anthotypes.

Opens alongside Teresa Ascencao’s Daily Bread, in WAHC’s Community Gallery.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street | Hamilton, Ontario | (905) 522-3003
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Twitter: @WAHC
Facebook: WorkersArtsandHeritageCentre

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is a fully accessible venue. Located in downtown Hamilton, the museum is in close proximity to city bus routes, and GO transit. Municipal parking is available along Stuart Street.





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