Artist Talk – Louie Palu: Cage Call

Images (left to right): Louie Palu, Shaft miner at the 2500-foot level station before drilling, Louvicourt Mine, Val d’Or, Quebec (detail), from the series Cage Call, 1994 (printed 2005). Louie Palu, Miners entering the cage on surface for the beginning of day shift, Kerr Mine no. 3 shaft, Virginiatown, Ontario (detail), from the series Cage Call, 1993 (printed 2005). Gelatin silver prints © Louie Palu, courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

Artist Talk — Louie Palu: Cage Call

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
7 pm ET

Online via Zoom
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Join Canadian photojournalist Louie Palu for an online talk focused on his series, Cage Call, on view at The Image Centre through December 9, 2023.

Between 1991–2003, Palu immersed himself in the mining communities of Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec, creating an in-depth series of photographs that chronicle the miners’ living and working environments. While revealing the often-perilous conditions in the mines’ underground depths, Palu also documented the imposing industrial structures found aboveground. Alluding to mining’s environmental impact and contentious history of labour disputes, Palu has created a visual archive of a central but often overlooked and misunderstood aspect of Canada’s industrial culture. REGISTER NOW

Louie Palu photographed in The Image Centre’s University Gallery, September 2023 © Kenya-Jade Pinto, The Image Centre

Artist Biography

Louie Palu (Canadian, b. 1968) is a Washington, DC-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. Focusing on socio-political issues, such as war, human rights, and poverty, his photojournalism has been featured worldwide, including in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Le Figaro, El País, and The Washington Post. Palu covered conflicts in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2006–2010); the drug war in Mexico (2011–2013); the Ukrainian crisis (2015); and the militarization of the North American Arctic (2015–2019). He has published five books, including Industrial Cathedrals of the North (1999) and Cage Call: Life and Death in the Hard Rock Mining Belt (2007) on view in this exhibition. In 2016, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Palu is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

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