The dirty truth as visual essay

0 Posted by - February 28, 2012 - Blog, Screen, Visual art

In the face of all evidence to the contrary, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government continues to shake the shoulders of critics, eliciting the lonely, pitiful cry: “The Alberta tar sands are clean and friendly!” Now the Canadian government is even going up against the EU, the newest tar sands nay-sayer, and threatening a trade war if the regional powerhouse doesn’t sign off on tar sands imports.

While Canada’s corporate media massages Harper into a hockey-loving hero of the economy, others are raising a stink about the big stink in Northern Alberta. One of those people is the visual artist Franke James, whose critical voice continues to be heard despite muzzling attempts by the tentacles of the Conservative government. You can look at her visual essay describing the backlash of her “Dear Prime Minister” campaign here, or watch it in video form after the jump.

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