Toronto illustrator Evan Munday Tweets PM Harper Portraits of Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women

 

Elaine Frieda Alook 1st tweet to Harper

 

Evan Munday’s illustration of Elaine Frieda Alook, the subject of his first portrait posted to Twitter of missing or murdered aboriginal women

Toronto illustrator Evan Munday sends portraits of missing, murdered aboriginal women to Prime Minister Stephen Harper every day

Munday said the “last straw” for him was when Harper said, in his year-end CBC interview with Peter Mansbridge, that a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women “isn’t really high on our radar.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/01/05/toronto_illustrator_sends_portraits_of_missing_murdered_aboriginal_women_to_prime_minister_stephen_harper.html

Danita Faith Bigeagle Evan Munday's second portrait Tweet

Evan Munday’s illustration of Danita Faith Bigeagle, the subject of his second portrait. Bigeagle was last seen in Regina in 2007.

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~ by artpoped on January 8, 2015.

One Response to “Toronto illustrator Evan Munday Tweets PM Harper Portraits of Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women”

  1. Evan Munday ends this project out of respect for the missing and murdered women and their families.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/01/14/evan-munday-missing-murdered-aboriginal-women_n_6474248.html?1421280125&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

    Munday planned to spend over three years drawing pictures of the women. But he posted his last portrait on Monday, saying in a Wednesday blog post that he “cannot continue the project in a way that respects these women’s autonomy or a way that helps rather than harms the families of these thousands of women.”

    “I apologize for hurting the families of these women and for making them relive painful memories,” Munday wrote.

    The artist said that he started this project on an “impulse,” and realized early that he was a “dilettante” on indigenous issues.

    He spoke with representatives of organizations such as the Native Women’s Association of Canada and Walking With Our Sisters to see if they would support the project.

    “The last thing I wanted to be was a Macklemore, showing up with concern to an issue late, having no personal connection to (and not much knowledge of) the issue, and receiving much undue credit for a symbolic gesture,” Munday wrote.

    But last weekend, families of missing and murdered aboriginal women contacted the artist and said they “had not consented to have their loved ones’ images used in this manner.”

    They also found the portraits themselves cartoon-like and inappropriate – a reaction that pushed Munday’s decision to end the project.

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