🍁Get Up Canada, Stand Up For Your Rights! The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms (YouTube). I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' I defended my right to freely express myself with art by picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton and won back my freedom. These words of encouragement were added by supporters from the 42 days of picketing.
"Freedom is important, especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 7 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons “Poet of Churchill Square”. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L., "Fight the power, art is freedom" - K.C., "Art is freedom"- A.A., "Freedom, art and honesty"- M.M., "Freedom is a Right" - M.O.S., "Freedom for All Canadians"- G.W. Edmonton Ward 10 candidate, "The choice is ours", "To be who we want to be"-J.U., "Freedom seems almost unachievable", "Live your life how you want to, with love in your heart" -J, "We stand together" - V, "Art is Freedom against the City of Edmonton" - D.B.
Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle... I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Chief No Tribe, September 13, 2016.
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Social Artist 📢 Civil Information Activist
From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this painting was shown freely with it's story shared to the public. The painting was used to defend free speech in Edmonton by those who shout, use bull-horns and loud speakers to express themselves. I used it to defend my own right to freely express myself with art in public after I was banned by Government employees. I retired the painting as gift to Elizabeth Potskin.
March 30, 2015: I did my first outdoor art show in the streets of Edmonton beginning in front of the downtown Shaw Conference where I was inspired to paint my first social art painting titled The Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit and ending my show on the Alberta Legislature grounds. After the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Alberta National Event March 30, 2014, I published a YouTube 'Mom got her voice today' that featured Elizabeth Potskin reciting a poem with the Chair of the TRC Murray Sinclair standing behind her and encouraging the crowd outside the Shaw conference center to listen. YouTube
Some of the earliest evidence of human art suggests that people told stories with pictures. Civil Information Activism employs art as a ways and means to telling that story to the public while respecting people, property and the rule of law.
2014 Photo - Structure study of the Shaw Conference Center in preparations for
Added to the 'Not a Bystander' art project April 2017 during the Edmonton Oilers San Jose Sharks playoff series. News reports of fan violence and bullying began to surface. The Oilers were eliminated the next round by the Ducks and have struggled ever since...
2007 - 2013 Edmonton Questions 9/11, 2001
9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood: 2000-2001, 2013, 2015
🍁EDMONTON - Canada is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in "retribution" for the 9/11 attacks that killed at least 3,000 people, including 25 Canadians, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor said Jan. 21, 2007. Ottawa Citizen
March 3, 2011: KABUL, Afghanistan — Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake.
The boys, who were 9 to 15 years old, were attacked Tuesday in what amounted to one of the war’s worst cases of mistaken killings by foreign-led forces. The victims included two sets of brothers. A 10th boy survived.“We were almost done collecting the wood when suddenly we saw the helicopters come,” said Hemad, who, like many Afghans, uses one name. “There were two of them. The helicopters hovered over us, scanned us and we saw a green flash from the helicopters. Then they flew back high up, and in a second round they hovered over us and started shooting.”
With Canada's mission of 9/11 Retribution in Afghanistan it inspired the creation of a citizen's 9/11 truth movement of 30 people in Edmonton, the creation of Civil Information Activism and two petition drives to investigate the events of 9/11, 2001 in Canada. Read in Parliament 2013
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