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«Police Politique» Installation part of Montréal Art+Anarchy Exhibit

« Fraternité contre la police politique » installation / portraits photos / vidéo / artéfacts 1-29 mai 2017 ART+ANARCHY group exhibit avec/with: Mary Lou Freel, Freda Guttman, Eva-Loan, Claude Périard, Ponk, Seth Tobocman, Gaia Tomasello & Cinzia Petrucci, Jeannette Tossounian, Tournesol Plante, Benoît Tremblay + David Widgington Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier 2450, Rue Workman, Montréal, Québec, H3J 1L8 VERNISSAGE : vendredi / friday 5 mai / May, 5 à 8 = The Montréal police violently repress demonstrations against austerity (among others) while simultaneously opposing the negative effects of austerity on their own pension fund. In doing so, the Fraternité des policiers...

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Une gallerie d’affiches sous un viaduc – An poster gallery beneath an overpass

In Montréal, there is an autonomous gallery of posters, grafitti & tags on Parc Avenue north of Van Horne. Head north on sidewalk under the overpass of the east side. There are posters by #vivasnosqueremos, one by the Howl Arts Festival, a poster to liberate nearby Parc des Gorilles, one announcing Pervers/Cité, a nihilistic poster for the future, another against pipelines in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en people, and others. — À Montréal, il y a une gallerie autonome d’affiches, grafitti et tags sur avenue du Parc au nord de la rue Van Horne. Dirigez-vous vers le nord sur le trottoir...

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Resistimos : solidarity banner given to student movement in Chile

RESISTIMOS is an in situ banner-making performance I did in Santiago de Chile in July 2016 to express my solidarity with the Chilean student movement. It was scheduled within the Resistance in Urban Peripheries, Street Art-Action segment of Encuentro: eX-céntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance. I was one of seven consecutive performances that lead spectators through the streets of La Población La Victoria, Chile’s first urban land occupation to create an alternative neighbourhood that actively resisted the dictatorship. It will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017. Thanks to Ana María Saavedra – Luis Alarcón of Galería Metropolitana who organized the ruta. The...

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Posters from FTAA Protests in Québec on 15th Anniversary / Affiches contre la ZLÉA au 15ième anniversaire des manifs à Québec

For the 15th anniversary of the April 2001 Summit of the Americas protests in Québec City against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), here is a selection of posters related to the FTAA (and other related) protests, taken from the book: Picture This!: Posters of Social Movements in Québec (1966-2007) by Jean-Pierre Boyer, Jean Desjardins and David Widgington. The book was published in 2007 by Cumulus Press. Each of these posters are archived with over 20,000 others in the impressive collection at the Centre for Research in Popular Imagery (CRIP). === À l’occasion du 15ième anniversaire des manifestations...

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Une murale d’affiches militantes à Rivière Trois-Pistoles

[Rivière Trois-Pistoles, Québec] Ma résidence d’artivist à l’Auberge de la grève est bien partie. Le projet de murale d’affiches contestataires a commencé avec des photos des murs de l’entré de l’Auberge ainsi que le dessin de la maquette [à l’échelle de 1:5.5] pour pouvoir préparer la mise en oeuvre des affiches sur les trois murs en question. La prochaine étape est de fouiller dans les 200+ affiches et les éparpiller par terre dans l’atelier de danse pour pouvoir essayer plusieurs options de mise en place sur les trois murs. === My artivist residency at the Auberge de la grève has...

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Giving Life to found protest sign in Montréal demo against austerity

Yesterday, March 2, 2015, I walked along downtown streets with about 75,000 other people in Montréal’s anti-austerity demonstration. My bike is clean as I ride it for the first time this spring down St-Urbain street toward Square Victoria where the demo is scheduled to begin at 1 pm. The forecast rain is hiding behind a blue sky and a warming sun. A perfect day to walk the streets of Montréal. I ride into the École nationale de théatre contingent, get off my bike and march the rest of the way with them and their giant puppet. As we turned onto...

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« PIÈCE DE RÉSISTENCE » composite banner builds oppositional cultural heritage

The composite banner, « ICI COMME AILLEURS ON A RAISON DE NE RIEN LÂCHER » is a (re)mediation of visual artefacts taken from the Artéfacts Archive. The imagery that makes up the banner’s collage was pilfered from the Archive‘s posters, banners, protest signs, videos, stencils, etc to create a protest scene representative of the Québec’s 2012 oppositional movement or “Printemps québécois”. The banner honours the protesters while denigrating state repression that became commonplace during the protests. It is a creative work of self-representation, made by an MA student actively protesting during the six-month strike against tuition increases. Self-representation is key...

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Massive Protest Banner Installation for Encuentro 2014

On July 3rd, we disassembled the Printemps CUBEcois banner installation that was exhibited within the Hemispheric Institute‘s Encuentro 2014, MANIFEST! : Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, hosted by Concordia University. With the help of friends (THANKS! You know who you are), it took only three hours to remove the hundreds of staples, to clip the dozens of sewing points from the forty protest banners that formed the skin of the cube, and unscrew the hundreds of screws holding the wooden structure that measured 13ft high x 17ft wide on all sides. It was a monumental sight within the university’s...