In the early 20th century the neighborhood became an index of multicultural immigration, working class identity, and by the end of the first decade accounted for nearly half of the city’s entire population. Today the North End continues to be home to diverse cultural backgrounds, including the largest urban Indigenous population in Canada.
Comprising 50 black-and-white photographs ranging from the 1970s to the 2000s, John Paskievich: The North End is the largest display to date of the artist’s work at the WAG. The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, a pivotal event in Canadian history with deep roots in the city’s North End.
About the Artist
John Paskievich is a Ukrainian-Canadian photographer and filmmaker. He was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Austria just after the Second World War before moving to Winnipeg, where he grew up in the North End in the 1950s and 1960s. In the early 1970s, after studying photography in Toronto, Paskievich began turning his camera to the community of his youth, its inhabitants, wide streets and boulevards, warehouses and corner stores.