Deborah Koenker

Deborah Koenker : Grapes and Tortillas

By (author)  , By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$18.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Canada’s agricultural industry employs, almost exclusively, temporary workers from Central America and their presence fuels debate on both sides of the political spectrum from accusations of exploitation to accusations of stolen Canadian jobs. Deborah Koenker focuses on the Mexican migrant workers hired by the Okanagan Valley’s orchards and vineyards. Through photography and installation she celebrates their hard work, their contribution to the Canadian economy, and their dedication to their families from whom they are separated for long periods. The artist’s intention is to put names and faces to a workforce that is typically isolated from the communities in which they work, largely due to requirements that worker housing be located on the farms, but as well by language and racial barriers, lack of opportunities for socializing, and the difficulty of accessing transportation. Related themes of food, food production, and the mega-agricultural economy are addressed in the accompanying essays. Born in Chicago, Deborah Koenker is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist with an extensive record of exhibitions throughout North America. These include solo exhibitions in Vancouver at the Western Front and the Richmond Art Gallery, as well as at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and in Los Angeles at Chapman University and Rio Hondo College Art Gallery. In 2011 her collaborative work with architect Roberto Pacheco was featured at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, British Columbia.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 196.85 x 247.65 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
  • Kelowna Art Gallery
  • English
  • 1896749801
  • 9781896749808

Looking for beautiful books?

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Shop now .