RECOGNIZING THE INVISIBLE GLOBAL LIVES THAT GROW OUR LOCAL FOOD.
Across Toronto (and Ontario), we love our locally grown food. Much of this food is sown, seeded, picked and produced by tens of thousands of foreign workers flown in every year from Mexico and the Caribbean. For over 50 years, migrant labourers temporarily fly to Ontario every summer to contribute to our agricultural and economic growth.
In Toronto-based artist, Lily Huang’s “Labour of Love”, farmers are intentionally camouflaged among locally grown summer produce to represent the migrant farmers who are often hidden in our local supply chain.
What can we do to thank and support these unsung heroes?
MEET THE ARTIST
Lily Huang (Hualilee) is a first-generation Chinese-Canadian visual artist and illustrator based in Toronto. Her visual style is influenced by dreams, mythology and history. She believes that visual art can be used as a form of communication to bridge the barriers of language and culture to bring people together.
Untold Unknown supports the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC). MWAC is building a member-led organization of migrant farmworkers, care workers, students and more to win worker and immigration justice. Learn more about why this work is important:
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