About
Work To Live
Work to Live, is a one minute video tape uses the oral tradition to highlight three women's shared work experience in Canada and Jamaica. It was a commissioned video tape that was produced for the Toronto MAYWORKS Festival of Labour in 1993. The women's confessions take place off camera and the camera focuses tightly on the women's hands performing repetitive tasks of food preparation. The endless grating of food is used as a metaphor for the ritual of all women's labour that so often goes unseen and under appreciated.
Artist/Director: 
Donna James

Bio: 
Born in Kingston Jamaica, Donna James grew up in Nova Scotia and currently resides in Ottawa. Her first video, MAIGRE DOG is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank and The Alberta College of Art and Design. Her second video, WHISPERS OF KISSES, is in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. THE THICKNESS OF GUIDENCE is her fourth video.
City, Province: 
Ottawa, ON
Original Media: 
n/a
Year Produced: 
1993
Genre: 
Video Art

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