I'm happy to be able to share this now! In 2019 I had the incredible honor of creating not only my first mural, but one in memorial of Hogan's Alley's lost Black-Canadian community in Vancouver, BC.
Thanks so much to the City of Vancouver & the Hogan's Alley Society for their trust, support and feedback throughout the process.
Site installation and photo courtesy of UnoDigital.com - thank you!
If you’ve never heard of Hogan’s Alley, particularly if you are a Vancouverite, I encourage you to look into and learn more about it. It's a tale as old as time that the history of oppressed and marginalised populations is buried and painted over, and it's vital that we unearth these suppressed stories and truths:
HogansAlleySociety.org is the core hub to learn more about Hogan's Alley and the current efforts to preserve this lost piece of Vancouver.
Black Strathcona on youtube is so incredibly worth watching: https://bit.ly/3btS4zJ
"Learning that a vibrant community of Black Canadians was not only tragically erased, but that their memory is nearly forgotten, comes as a harsh shock. But focusing only on the pain of this tragedy isn’t telling the complete story. Instead, I’ve become driven by how strongly the voices of triumph and hope still ring out from underneath the loss.
With this piece I wish to highlight a vibrant, joyful perspective: one of hope and a future built from past remnants.
Motifs of music and laughter emerge throughout the stories and memories I have encountered. The passion for rebuilding, of bringing back to Vancouver what has been lost, is particularly moving. This tribute explores growth and rebirth - our youth rediscovering their roots and communing with their forebears through whatever means available.
Hogan’s Alley is a precious piece of history in dire need of remembrance and revival. With this project I hope to do justice to the memories of our predecessors, as well as respect the wishes of those who strive to preserve our history."