WorkSpace Canada is a photo documentary by Martin Weinhold. The project strives for an overall picture of Canada depicted by portraits of Canadians from all fields of work. In past project years (2006-2018) the photographer captured the country from the east to the west coast, from the southern border to the tundra in Nunavut. In 2020 this exceptional visual legacy shall be accomplished, once all of the country's provinces and territories are covered.
Since 2006 Martin Weinhold constantly examines the world’s second largest country on his mission to produce a multifaceted portrait of a nation at work. WorkSpace Canada can be seen as a visual narrative about the relationship between person and workplace. In the portraits it is closeness and depth in the personality’s description what matters most to Martin Weinhold, with respect to showing Canada, he provides a modern view of the country and avoids stereotypes and postcard views. The ambitious goal of this artistic undertaking is to combine an overall picture of contemporary Canada with a complex inventory of the current western world of work.
The project is inspired by political theorist Hannah Arendt. In her book The Human Condition she distinguishes between labour, work and action as important elements for the realization of our human capacities. WorkSpace Canada examines the individual choices people make in a society where most of us are bound to gainful employment - and where all of us face a limited life time in which we can make our dreams come true.
WorkSpace Canada is an self-initiated and self-financed project that is still in progress and therefore gratefully accepts support for its final accomplishment. Currently 4,000 photographs are available for exhibition or publication. For artistic and archival reasons the project is entirely photographed on black and white medium format film.
Long-term collaborators are Ryerson University (Toronto), Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa) and the John-F-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Berlin).