My uncle Clyde died on the streets of Vancouver. Our doctor suggested that the multiple beatings by police over the years directly contributed to his death. As a child I remember documenting his wounds with my parents after these beatings. The police would frequently use telephone books so as not to leave evidence of fists or boots.

He was always very loving and caring towards me. When I was hospitalized he came to visit me, when others didn’t feel comfortable to come. He had a beautiful smile that I will never forget.


About workequalsworthequalsinnocence

Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, my interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. I am specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives, concepts of justice and denial of accountability. Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, my practice eschews individual authorship in favour of collaboration. This has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people. In 2008, I completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at the Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). My work has been shown nationally and internationally in festivals, screenings, artist run centres and museums. I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University.
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One Response to Clyde

  1. My aunt just told me Clyde’s cousin was one of the murdered/missing women in BC.

    Michelle Gurney

    Date of Birth: 1969
    Date went missing: December of 1998
    Age when missing: 29
    Current age: 35
    Height: 5’4″ (162 cm.)
    Weight: 100 lbs. (45 kg.)
    Hair color: Black
    Eye color: Brown

    Case number: 98-297035

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