Overcoming Adversity: Vietnamese Refugees Mural

Winnipeg’s Mural Of The Year – 2015

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe – This pic blows up, nicely.

Risking sounding insensitive; I respect the mural, however, it is not my fave from 2015. I feel it was politically judged, rather than artistically judged. I have felt this, or sometimes that the art and politics are both a recipe for winning MOY. If that is the criterion, then why did the Nellie McClung Mural not win MOY 2016? I adore the mural that won, but it has nothing on Nellie and her gals getting women the vote.

Photo © Sherrie Yager

Moving on: A truck blocked part of the left side of the mural.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Here are some close-ups.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe
Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe
Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Pics taken by Resa – October 27, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba

I had to go around to shoot what the truck blocked on the left of the mural.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

I shot the above Mountie & below, Tam Nguyen who owns the building the mural is painted on.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Tam Nguyen receives his Canadian citizenship.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

29 thoughts on “Overcoming Adversity: Vietnamese Refugees Mural

  1. Wonderful mural, Resa, and I appreciate the photos and what it takes to show this large piece of art. I like how Sarah and Mannie worked the A/C unit right into the mural.

    1. It is wonderful & I am always keen on the way the outdoor muralists and street artists work in things like air conditioners, beams, posts, wires, windows etc. to just be …. a part of the art.

    1. Thank you, and of course I’m reading Nellie’s autobiography, au current,
      The phone has just become a normal item in the city of Winnipeg, & the Suffrage Movement is in full force.

    1. Well, I like https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/2016/12/02/chapeau-1908-1945/
      I did the post in December, 2016.
      I know that it does not have the sociopolitical import of this mural, but as a work of art, I prefer it.
      As works of art painted on buildings, this one lacks a certain luster in real life. Here my photos have done it much justice. The one I have linked you to is glorious and shiny in real life. There, in my post, my photos have not done it justice.
      “Chapeau” (the link) is however not without merit. It is a history lesson. All the hats are titled and dated.
      My main pain is not so much about the 2015 Mural of the Year, but with the 2016 Mural of The year.
      Then there is the case to be made for First Nations Art. Of Winnipeg’s 15 Murals of the Year, not one is of First Nations style, or by an Aboriginal artist.
      Well, well, I feel a passion about the art. Winnipeg’s murals have definitely lit a fire in my heart.
      I try to go there every 2 years to catch up on them.

      1. Oh, yes, the hats. I loved that one. Sometimes I think people feel that art alone is not enough. It needs to be influencing the world to justify its existence. I don’t feel that way. I think art is its own justification, its own goal and its own end. The act of appreciating beauty is enough to justify it. Like gardens, which don’t have to grow veggies. Or food, that doesn’t have to be always the most healthy possible. Sometimes you just want a beautiful dress… And killer shoes. Maybe a bag. LOL

        1. Oh yeah a new bag and killer shoes are overdue in my life!
          I love the point you make about art appreciation, and how you’ve backed it up.
          A very welcome intellectual thought!

    1. TY, the Murals of Winnipeg are awesome! ❤ xoxoxo
      (the gown is slowly coming along. I have made 57 of 150 flowers, and am about 1/2 way through the bodice.) 😀

      1. They are awesome, aren’t they ?
        Wow ! How wonderful,, but what a lot of work ! Can’t wait to see the beauty you’ll create. Wow, 150 flowers, wow ! xoxoxo ❤

  2. Nellie was denied ;( Like with the currency… Politics… Disappointment indeed, Resa. While the winner is a great mural, it’s not the Nellie one… Still, I thank you for bringing us the winner to see and all the care you put into these posts ❤

    1. Yes, Nellie was denied! Again! However, not by this mural. She was denied by https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/2016/11/06/art-from-the-heart-of-clandestinos/
      This was the 2015 MOY. Nellie was judged for the 2016 MOY.
      I was, in my in-adept way trying to say that the Nellie Mural has both sociopolitical import and immense artistic value. The recipe seems win-win to me, and always seems to be when Winnipeg judges its murals….. until Nellie. I do adore the mural that won, but it has nothing on Nellie McClung!!!
      I am quite piqued. Women have had the vote in Canada for only 99 years. How soon we forget.
      #Green, White, Violet

  3. Gray Dawster

    This one is absolutely fantastic, and no wonder
    it won the award. the detail is outstanding, I think
    we need some ‘No Parking’ signs up around this
    piece of artistry, it’s just too cool to miss out on.

    Thank you so much for adding this
    one Resa, you never fail to please
    my dear friend 🙂

    Andro xxx

      1. Gray Dawster

        Irritation on some with a capital ‘I’ but I guess with street art it’s an expected hazard. It doesn’t stop the artists from producing their brilliance though, and that’s all the better for us viewing them. Thank you for always adding such fantastic imagery Resa 🙂

        Andro xx

  4. I really like all the detail and variety of things in this mural. And the close-ups of the different people really added to my appreciation of it – so thanks for that.

    I was just talking to someone about Winnipeg today – so this made me smile. I haven’t been there in over a decade – but use to go frequently in a previous job. I miss it.

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