Everyone Belongs

Coco Eskotew’s powerful challenge to a bully’s “silent treatment” grows out of her ability as a visual artist to express metaphors through her paintbrush. Coco’s digital story was created during a workshop at the Carnegie Centre in Vancouver, in a program supported by the grunt gallery and Vancouver Foundation.

The frame is divided between a closed eye with a turtle image painted on top with blue, green, white and red colours. On the left side of the frame, white text on black encourages people to speak up when they are treated without respect.


Painter, videographer and director: Coco Eskotew
Editor: Sebnem Ozpeta
Mentors: Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta
Special thanks to Dana Oikawa, Carnegie Centre, and Vancouver Foundation’s DTES Small Arts Grants

Created during grunt gallery’s 2023 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling workshops. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.

We gratefully acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

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