CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSION - MONTREAL MASSACARE + MMIWG

2019

Canadian High Commission, Mixed Media





After the New Slaves Exhibition, Dela Anyah received a commission from the Canadian High Commission of Ghana to paint works in celebration of 30 years of the Montreal Massacre.

The École Polytechnique massacre, also known as the Montreal massacre, was an antifeminist mass shooting in Montreal at an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. Fourteen women were murdered and 10 women and four men were injured.

In this series of works, Dela Anyah once again worked exclusively with a colour palette similar to his body of work New Slaves. Each body of work features images of the victims in each narrative, the 14 women, students of École Polytechnique and the passport photographs of a list of missing/ murdered indigeousnous women and girls become a paper collage backdrop in the next work.

In his body of work titled Montreal Massacre, Dela wanted to recreate a scene from École Polytechnique after the shooting took place, thus using exercise books, a latex glove, computer parts and carved Ruger Mini-14 bullets resembling those used by Marc Lépine, for his collage.

The black was used not only as a symbol of mourning but the blackboards found in classrooms, once again, making references to the location of the killings; with red splashes signifying blood and the pain felt by the families of those murdered on that day.

Unlike the Montreal Massacre piece, MMIWG (Murder and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls) used one dominate colour being red painted over the pictures of hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. With images painted in white, making references to protests taking places around Canada by family and friends of those missing or murdered.

The goal of each piece is to get to the heart of each subject and to tell a story that puts viewers at the heart of the matters discussed.

These two paintings were exhibited at the Canadian Commissions residence.




Ⓒ 2022, DELA ANYAH