An interdisciplinary artist, Deanna Bowen (b.1969) has been celebrated for a wide-ranging body of work and this year she received a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Her practice has been informed by intense archival research on racism in Canada, Black communities, and her own family history. In “The Klan Comes To Town,” Bowen recreated a 1965 CBC interview between Civil Rights activist Reverend James Bevel and two members of the Klu Klux Klan to challenge viewers to recognize the history of organized racism in Canada. Her work has been exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Contemporary Art Gallery and Western Front in Vancouver, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, and Mercer Union in Toronto.
Deanna Bowen, still from “The Klan Comes to Town” from This Hour Has Seven Days, CBC Studios, Toronto, October 24, 1965, 2013
Colour, HD, 19:34 mins. Director, producer, researcher: Deanna Bowen. Recorded January 5–6, 2013, at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Ontario