Black Vancouver artist harassed while painting mural

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Oscar-winning artist says she was harassed by a man more than once while painting a mural in Vancouver.Pearl Low painted something to represent “Black Joy” in an alley behind Davie Street as part of the Vancouver Mural Festival.

While working this week, Low says that a person living in the area was twice harassed and an encounter left her in tears.

“I was approached by this white man about how I should stop using my elevators because he has work the next day at 4 am he has to get up and he is going to bed now.

Low says the man approached her around 8:00 p.m. so she told the man she would have finished her work by 9:00 p.m. But the man returned with the same complaint the next day.

“I said, Look, I’m just the artist I just did for this wall. I would recommend that you talk to the folks at the Vancouver Mural Festival about it.

Low then turned around and continued to finish his job. It was then that she heard the man walk away and curse her.

“The main thing that I found really interesting was that of all the times he chose to raise this issue, it was when I was alone.

According to Low, the festival told her that someone will always be with her while she paints so that she isn’t alone in case the man or someone else approaches her aggressively.

Low later took to Twitter to share his experience and received hundreds of comments from people sharing similar stories of women being harassed without being believed.

“I think there are a lot of layers in this experience that overlap for a lot of people,” she says. “Whether you are a woman, whether you are a black woman, there are many people who can understand that. So I think it caught fire when they read the post as well.

Low tells CityNews that she hopes sharing her experiences with “micro-attacks and full-blown attacks” will help people learn.

Low’s was the screenwriter for Hair Love, which recently won an Oscar.



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