I recently became involved with a local, grassroots initiative called Completing the Story. We are people who are concerned about the lack of visual representation of women in public spaces. We’ve been photographing places around Edmonton where statues and art featuring mostly men are on display, creating memes, and posting to the Internet (like our Facebook page) with the hashtag #completingthestory.
I connected Completing The Story with with fellow organizers from the various January 21 Women’s March sister marches across Canada (the March On Canada network), to present CTS as a national campaign. We launched the campaign this past week, encouraging people from all coasts to document how women are visually represented in their communities, and post to social media with the #completingthestory hashtag. We also sent out a media release, and Metro Edmonton ran a cover story on Friday, June 16.
We will be following the use of the hashtag and collecting responses on our website, city by city. Our goal is to influence municipal policies to include gender balance when it comes to things like public art and names of streets or parks.
How are women represented visually in your community?
My photography from Radical Citizen Media is currently featured as part of the Art + Activism exhibit at the Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Project Space.
In terms of media coverage, my work has been profiled in Windspeaker/Alberta Sweetgrass, particularly my documentation of Indigenous protests.
As well, Shaw TV has done a segment on my activism and photography:
Metro Edmonton ran a story this week on the video I put together for the local Oromian community about human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The video continues to go viral- it had around 2500 views before the story ran. In the couple of days since, the video now has over 4000 views!