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Franke James -- Stephen Harper -- Dear Prime Minister, Please STOP Blacklisting Our Environmental Messengers.
Franke James -- Stephen Harper -- Dear Prime Minister, Please STOP Blacklisting Our Environmental Messengers.
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
TitleFranke James -- Stephen Harper -- Dear Prime Minister, Please STOP Blacklisting Our Environmental Messengers.
Title-AlternativeArtists And Scientists Are The Planet's Early Warning System!
CreatorFranke James
Time Span2013
Geographic LocationToronto, Canada
LanguageEnglish
Classgraphic arts
Typesticker
DescriptionCartoon drawing of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a Cheshire cat with a red maple leaf, which is the national symbol of Canada and used on its national flag.
Key Wordsauthority; capitalism/economy; demonstration/protest; environment
SubjectHarper, Stephen, 1959-; prime ministers; politics & government; portraits; faces; drawings
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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