Victory! Banned on the Hill Opening in Ottawa
by Franke James
Canada’s First Crowd-funded ArtShow On Outdoor Ads Protests Climate Artist’s Censorship
2014 Update: Buy Franke James’ award-winning book Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship.
NOVEMBER 4, 2011: “Banned on the Hill” protests the Harper Government’s censorship of Franke James art work, and the muzzling of environmental scientists.
‘Banned on the Hill’ show hits Ottawa!
“Franke James’ commitment to art, free expression and political commentary put her in the cross-hairs of the Harper Government. Come and see what the government didn’t want the world to see.” ~ Elizabeth May, MP Saanich, Leader, Green Party of Canada
In exquisite timing which shows that truth-is-stranger-than-fiction, I got my Access to Information documents at the 11th hour before my crowd-funded protest artshow hit Ottawa (big thanks to Colin Mutchler at Loudsauce!) I opened the show yesterday. The bottom-line: The ATI docs prove that Government officials in the Climate Change office killed funding for my show.
CBC, Sun TV, Postmedia, MetroNews Ottawa, Carleton University Radio and others showed up for the opening. Show Business students from Montreal interviewed myself, Colin Mutchler and Charles Montpetit for a documentary on Arts Censorship in Canada.
There are six backlit posters in the “Banned on the Hill” show. They will be up until November 27th.
It was a fabulous day! That’s me (Franke James) laughing as I opened my “Banned on the Hill” artshow in Ottawa on November 2/11. I gave a walking tour describing my art and the “blacklisting” by the Harper Government.
Film students from Montreal working on a TV documentary about arts censorship travelled to Ottawa to interview me, Colin Mutchler and my supporter, author Charles Montpetit on November 2, 2011.
Hearing that SUN News was coming to interview me was a big surprise. But Brian Lilley, Host of Byline and I got along fine. Watch the interview.
Unknown supporters drew wonderful environmental chalk drawings on the sidewalk to show support. “Dear Prime Minister, Why are we waging war on the environment?”
Here I am with Colin Mutchler, Loudsauce, in front of “Dear Prime Minister: Many Canadians joke that we could use a little global warming because the hard truths have been played down” from my 2009 Fat Cat Canada’s Giant Litter Box visual essay.
“Dear Prime Minister: CO2 keeps rising but our leaders keep loafing. Will you take action before we’re all toast?” from my 2010 visual essay, “What Can One Person Do?”
I’m in front of my poster, “Dear Prime Minister, Please stop blacklisting our environmental messengers!” I’m holding one of the documents obtained through the Access to Information Request. See the highlights here.
CBC News in Ottawa showed up to interview me and Colin Mutchler.
Ottawa Metro News interviewing me. I’m wearing my “Who’s the idiot who blacklisted Franke James?” button. See my Blacklisting Party for the matching poster.
Brian Lilley, Host of Byline promised not to edit my comments at all. I think he kept his word. Watch the interview.
I’m in front of “Dear Prime Minister: Alice in Hell: The Dirtiest Oil on Earth” from my 2008 Dear Prime Minister visual essay. I’m holding one of the documents obtained through the Access to Information Request.
Close-up of Max Power, one of the film students from Montreal working on a TV documentary about arts censorship.
Max and I in front of the Flamingo from my 2009 Fat Cat Canada’s Giant Litter Box visual essay.
The six posters were on Bank Street, about a block of Parliament Hill. Thanks to Pattison Media for the great placement!
“You say the other parties are dangerous because they will tax polluters. But if we don’t tax polluters who will pay to clean up the mess?” artwork from my 2008 Dear Prime Minister visual essay.
“Dear Prime Minister, Is it right to use the sky as a sewer?” based on artwork from my 2009 Fat Cat Canada’s Giant Litter Box visual essay.
Banned on the Hill Posters
Here is the artwork for the six “Dear Prime Minister” posters:
The Banned on the Hill Video
Photo and animation credits: Billiam James and Franke James
Read the visual essay: Banned on the Hill (and in Europe!)
Here are a few of the articles…
Press release: PEN Canada and the Writers’ Union of Canada express concern over Government interference
“The government of Canada has no right to determine what is an acceptable opinion for an individual citizen, on climate change or any matter of public interest,” said Charlie Foran, President of PEN Canada, “To do so is clearly not in the spirit of the Charter and the long history of freedom of expression in Canada.”
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