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Media Release: BCCLA hosts "My Dangerous Art: Free Expression in a Climate of Fear" with Franke James

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The BC Civil Liberties Association is pleased to host artist, activist, and author Franke James for a public event entitled "My Dangerous Art: Free Expression in a Climate of Fear" on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

WireService.ca Media Release (09/23/2015) Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish Territories) -The BC Civil Liberties Association is pleased to host artist, activist, and author Franke James for a public event entitled "My Dangerous Art: Free Expression in a Climate of Fear" on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Franke James will present the story of her "dangerous art" and how Canadian officials who censored it tried to hide that they had done so. The event will feature an exhibition of Franke's artwork, including the series posted on bus shelters in Ottawa, Calgary and Washington, DC, and a number of new never-before-seen works.

"We are so pleased to be collaborating again with Franke James, the BCCLA's 2014 Liberty Award winner for Excellence in the Arts. We believe it is a critical time for free expression in this country. In just the last two years, cities have passed laws curtailing the right to demonstrate, scientists in employ of the government have had their voices muzzled, and 'anti-terrorism' laws are being used to limit our rights to free speech.

Franke's work calls on Canadians to engage in an important public policy conversation, and her own story of censorship is an important reminder of why we must work vigilantly to protect free expression. Not only that, but Franke is a fantastic example of how to shine a bright light on censorship, fight back, and come out of the experience stronger than ever" - Josh Paterson, BCCLA Executive Director.

"Getting whacked on the head for disagreeing with government policies on climate change has been a life-changing experience. Before 2011, I took my right to freedom of expression for granted -- after all I lived in Canada and trusted that I could speak up and voice my opinions. But my experience shows that free expression is at risk, as government officials worked to shut up a citizen whose views on the oilsands they believe run counter to government policy.

I'll be sharing the lessons learned on the 24th and debuting my new series, "Six Easy Ways to Crush Free Expression." Each artwork features an iconic maple leaf, and highlights a censorship tactic used against people (like me) who have the audacity to publicly disagree."- Franke James, artist and author

The event will take place at Performance Works Theatre (1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver) from 6:30-9:30pm on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The event is free to the public and we anticipate an attendance of approximately 150 people.

Franke is available for interview or comment on her participation in the event.

Media Contact:

Charlotte Kingston,
Director of Community Engagement, BCCLA
charlotte@bccla.org

About Franke James

Franke James is a Canadian artist, author and activist who has drawn inspiration from the Canadian government's attempts to silence her. James is the BCCLA's 2014 Liberty Award for Excellence in the Arts, one of the country's top eco-influencers, and the inaugural PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize winner-a distinction given to an individual or institution in Canada who has shown "courage in freeing information and ideas from restraint or interference".

 


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