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The Employee

September 23, 2021 @ 12:00PM - 3:00PM

In-Person at FCG and Online.

Project by Joshua Schwebel

We are pleased to invite you to the concluding performance of The Employee. The performance will be enacted by the employee, Camille-Zoé Valcourt Synnott, and will take place from 12pm–3pm (EDT / UTC -4 hours), in person at Forest City Gallery, and simultaneously streamed online at the following link:

Please drop by the gallery during the performance or after for an informal meeting with the employee and with the artist, Joshua Schwebel.

The Employee is both a one-year employment contract and an artwork contributing to the structural support of the Forest City Gallery, an artist-run centre in London, Ontario, which, as one of Canada’s first artist-run centres, has been publicly funded for almost fifty years, yet only can support a single paid staff member.

Conceptual artist Joshua Schwebel has hired a grant-writer whose task is to write funding applications on behalf of the Forest City gallery. The delegated set of tasks comprising the artist’s project are for the Employee, Camille-Zoé Valcourt Synnott, to source, prepare, and submit applications for additional financial support for the Forest City Gallery. These tasks at once the performance of an artwork and productive work in support of the operations of the gallery. Schwebel successfully obtained project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to hire the Employee as a delegated performer of the artwork. Any funds successfully earned by way of the project will be incorporated into the gallery’s operating budget, and potentially used to augment its future workforce. The work externalizes grant-writing and the administrative-economic tasks associated with the financial survival of the gallery, rendering this unseen work into a supplementary durational performance enacted peripheral to the exhibition space.

Image credit: Louis-Charles Dionne


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