Leaving is Not an Option
Leaving is Not an Option
Leaving is Not an Option
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Leaving is Not an Option

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Carmel Whittle
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Description

Colonization brought devastation to Indigenous peoples with loss of freedom and land, forced assimilation through the Residential Schools and tools such as the 1876 Indian Act which remains in place today. 

The artist wants to highlight how Indigenous People of Canada have not disappeared. Despite continued racism and resistance, with founding nations and equal partners with deep rights to stolen territory and resources, the community move determinedly
toward recognition. 

The painting is a depiction of a burning background and translucent tipis standing tall and moving off the frame of the canvas. The transparency speaks to honouring and respecting Spirit and to the acknowledgement that Indigenous ancestors are always present. The artist uses the painting to speak of strength and resilience: "after 500 years of assault we are still here and their presence is with us as we make our way through the struggles of decolonization.

Artist

Carmel Whittle

Carmel Whittle is a Mi'kmaw/Irish cultural community visual artist, independent film maker, musician/songwriter and activist. She identifies as Mi'kmaw-Irish, 2-spirit, a queer Newfoundland and Labradorian woman, who has been transformed by: the knowledge of the genocide lands of the Beothuck, First Nation Indigenous Peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador, and by the modern movements of resistance and creation. What she saw in the catalyzing power of youth - such as the Nishiyuu Walkers from Northern Quebec to Ottawa, and the ongoing Idle no More resistance movement - helped her not just to move beyond, but to strive to unite suffering and devastation with strength and hope.

The transformative power of art is the change. Whittle wants the viewer to explore, question, reflect and seek. Her intention is to express hardships behind bountiful colours rich in a style that leave the viewer in a state of inquiry. These works hold suffering and strength; and through her personal journey she wishes to provoke the creation of new realities, new awarenesses, and new forms of resistance. Metis leader Louis Riel said "My people will sleep for 100 years but when they awake it will be the artists who give them back their spirit.” (Louis Riel, July 4, 1885)

Donation

Based on our agreement with the artist, 15% of the pre-VAT price excluding frames will be donated to support the social movement. Donation will be given to the No Borders Art Festival.

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