Peoples Heroic Struggle
Jeannie Kamins’ house at West Third Avenue and Blenheim Street in Kitsilano was painted fire engine red in recognition of its status as a beacon for socialist values and progressive political practice. During its years on the left side of Vancouver it served as a Cool Aid sanctuary for Canada’s wandering street youth, the kitchen for the Feed-In, the crash pad of the Children’s Aid Society, distribution warehouse for the Kitsilano Food Co-op Peoples Heroic Struggle collective (from whence its name) complete with lettuce munching free-range guinea pigs, the winter palace for the Giuseppe Garibaldi wing of the Vancouver Liberation Front (while Jeannie was away traveling in Europe), the Wonder Woman after-school girls daycare film camp, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival Jericho Beach musician billet, the Home Free Birth midwife clinic (two born on site), Central Visual Artists Association artist colony, the Vegetarian Cooking Workshop, Festival 82 Celebration Of Women In The Arts, the finish line for the Kitsilano International Grand Prix Slug Race, Organic Garden Seed Exchange Club, the Mattie Gunterman Research Centre memorial darkroom, and many others too numerous to mention.
Jeannie Kamins working in the front yard of Peoples Heroic Struggle on her painting depicting British Columbia politicians mired in the public trough, ready to sell out to Devil Reagan and Fool Mulroney. May 19, 1985.
Peoples Heroic Struggle (centre), the big red house on West 3rd Avenue, August 27, 1982.
Archival inkjet digital prints from scanned black and white film, dry mount collaged onto 40w x 30h inch rag board. Black ink holographic text. 2015
Exhibited April 2015, Eraser Street show, grunt Gallery, Vancouver Canada
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