Audrey Laliberte

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In 2020 we have made strides in questioning our history. Around the world, people are tearing down and petitioning against statues of figures who shouldn’t be celebrated, and Picton is no different. I’m very proud to be living in a community that is willing to educate itself on the issues of populations outside of their own. Intersections: Anti-Racist Conversations on John A Macdonald was a way to protest and educate through art. My hope is that through this accessible public art show, we were able to make somebody think twice about the statue that stands on our busiest street.
The John A Macdonald statue stands beside Picton’s Regent Theatre, so I decided to imagine history as if it were being communicated through a horror movie poster. I took graphic cues from iconic horror posters like The Evil Dead, Rosemary’s baby and Poltergeist. To make the subject’s face feel threatening, I photographed him at night with a red light to illuminate one side of the face, which made his face seem more narrow. The typographic choice for the title was reminiscent of classic horror movie posters, and the bright colour contrasted the darkness of the photo.

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