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Franke James -- NO KEYSTONE XL
Franke James -- NO KEYSTONE XL
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
TitleFranke James -- NO KEYSTONE XL
CreatorFranke James
Time Span2013
Geographic LocationToronto, Canada
LanguageEnglish
Classgraphic arts
Typesticker
DescriptionCartoon of an eagle perched on the United States Capital Building. The eagle wears a red maple leaf, the national symbol of Canada, and is covered in spilled oil. The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport synthetic crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, and crude oil from the northern United States, primarily to refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Key Wordsauthority; capitalism/economy; demonstration/protest; environment
Referenceshttp://www.frankejames.com/
Curator's NotesFranke James is a Canadian artist, author, and climate activist and whose work became the subject of controversial government scrutiny and censorship led by the country's conservative Prime Minister Steven Harper. She describes her experience in the book "Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship" (2013). "Canada, under the government of Stephen Harper, has exhibited little patience for dissent. The government has muzzled government scientists, insulted NASA climate experts, and dismissed environmental protesters as dangerous radicals. But there is apparently one woman whom the government can't shut up: the Toronto environmental writer, illustrator and activist Franke James, who turned the efforts to silence her into material for a new book. ‘Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship' shows how Canadian bureaucrats tried to silence James because her views on climate change clashed with the Harper government's push to develop Alberta's tar sands. The story is told through visual essays as well as official emails obtained by James, in which government bureaucrats discuss the troublesome artist and her work." For more from the Guardian's article, "Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government's attempt to silence her, " see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/may/17/artist-inspiration-canada-silence-climate.
RightsPlease see http://www.stlawu.edu/gallery/copyright/.
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