At our Wednesday assembly in celebration of Arts Week at Saints, we had artist Pamela Masik speak to us about her project, ‘The Forgotten’. A series of portraits depicting 69 women who are (or have been) listed as missing or murdered from the DTES of Vancouver. Masik’s work, which we saw samples of hanging in the Great Hall over International Women’s Day, is striking, though not without controversy. Explore the links below as a starting point to consider the ideas of who has the right to tell stories, appropriation, use of voice and the impact of the cancellation of the show by UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
Pamela Masik: The Forgotten
National Post: Museum drops artist accused of exploiting subjects (01/14/11)
Vancouver Observer: Part 1 (When an Outsider…), Part 2 (With ‘The Forgotten”…), Part 3 (Murdered victims…) (02/08/11)