claude wittmann: wheels/politics/panic

Image by claude wittmann, 2020. Design by Studio123.

claude wittmann: wheels/politics/panic

La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario blog

Until May 2021

The artist claude wittmann considers the well-balanced bicycle wheel to be an apt metaphor to describe the overall health of a community. The spokes represent necessary components that sustain a healthy society : health care, affordable housing, proper nourishment, accessible medication, community services, education, etc. When the wheel reaches perfect equilibrium, it emits a harmonious sound as it spins freely.

wittmann, in collaboration with Kevin Morgan from Bike Sudbury, was to facilitate the truing and repair of bicycle wheels belonging to the Bike Exchange program. Due to the pandemic, the workshop was postponed, but meanwhile, wittmann has been leading us into the nuts and bolts of what is behind this project: his invisible disability, his need for specific contingency plans, his advocacy regarding income security for recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and of Ontario Works (OW). A component of his project takes place on the GNO’s blog.

To follow wittmann’s journey, and his correspondence with Sudbury artist Ray Laporte, visit the blog here.

For more details, visit the dedicated web page.

About the artist
claude wittmann, born in Switzerland, works as a bicycle mechanic and a performance artist in Toronto.

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