Monday, June 4, 2012


"I like a good protest myself now and then, but I don't dress up for it 24 hours a day. Ok, well, maybe I do."

4th June, Twenty-twelve (Montreal) It seems Montreal is the place to be these days to get your protest on. Memes are cropping up everywhere that make light of the fact that all sorts of crazy stuff is going down in the Mountain Island City. We've had macabre hit and runs, dismemberment of bodies, entire swathes of the city flooded and the biggest mobilization in the form of public disobedience Canada has ever seen culminating on the 22nd of May.
What's the point of being the focus of attention if you're not looking sharp and feeling gilt-edged? Quebeckers have a longstanding tradition of gathering in the common spaces and voicing our dissapproval and making our demands. This all very good and unifying in a mass euphoria kind-of-way, but again--if your beard is on fire and you are throwing bricks and bottles at cops, it's hard to persuade the neutrals towards your cause.
That's why more and more of the protesters are wearing Gingham. Let's sit back and relax in our armchairs and regard the most stylish social justice movement on legs. Gingham, it's not about the status quo. It is the status quo.


190 Years of Protest Tradition. And yes, they did wear Gingham in 1822, and er, 1837.

If you happen to be the Premier, just hold this up to any mirror and you can decipher the message.

Super-secret close-up proving Gingham crosses all social boundaries.

Protesters wore mostly red. The environmentalists sported green.

The Mile-End Crucial Crew take to the streets.

NYC-Style Gingham made it's way up the Hudson via St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Some say a quarter million people took to the streets on the 22nd of May. That's a sea of Gingham.

The Gingham tide continues down Rue de la Montagne.
The ties that bind all of us: the need for perfect self-expression.

What started as a student revolt has engaged a wider population who will not be told when and where to wear their Gingham.

Bill 78 might suppress your rights to assembly, but it's not going to suppress your hunger for Gingham.

The march started in Place des Arts and splintered into several groups. Each group had plenty of Gingham.

A Gingham Flag elegantly symbolizes the mood of the Youth of Today.

Gingham fits in with any uprising.

Hardly an unruly bunch of hooligans. This could be a fashion spread. Ok, it is a fashion spread.
"Hey Mister Tambourine Man, play a song for Gingham."

The carré rouge is everywhere.

There have been signs since the beginning. Gingham brings people together.

Gingham getter packin' the Carré Rouge.

Singin' in the Gingham "We'll never back down."

In the car park behind Place des Arts before the Manif.

Streets alive to the sound of Gingham.

He looks like he's on the way to a stoning.

Now that face masks have been banned, some people preferred to stay anon.

Gotta keep the Gingham dry.

Gingham sit-ins are on the rise.

...meanwhile... in artworld news...NOT EVERYBODY IS UP IN ARMS...

HAZEL MEYER'S Got Gingham!

Check out next issue when we bring you scenes from the Gingham-extravanza at Gallerie Powerhouse La Centrale. Got Gingham is making a public appearance on 8th June at the vernissage of Hazel Meyer's exhibit entitled Balls to the Wall [see here].

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Today's caption "Walls to the Ball" is totally ripped off from Hazel Meyer's exhibit.

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