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Portraits of G20 prisoners by Brett Gundlock

In Canada on March 9, 2011 at 20:59

While covering the G20 protests this past summer in Toronto, National Post photojournalist Brett Gundlock inadvertently became part of the story as well.

While photographing protesters at Queen’s Park on June 26, Gundlock was arrested and spent 24 hours in custody after being charged with unlawful assembly and obstructing a peace officer. Now, Gundlock has turned his work covering Canada’s largest mass arrest into an art exhibit. Entitled Prisoners, Gundlock’s exhibit mixes photos taken outside the first court appearances for the charged individuals with written accounts of the subjects’ experiences in custody. “The handwriting becomes portraits on their own,” Gundlock says. “The statements tell a story different from the official police record.”

The exhibit will be at the Communication Art Gallery on Harbord St. from March 11-31. See related story

 

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Christopher Alton, from Toronto, after being charged at the G20 Summit weekend with unlawful assembly and obstruction of a peace officer, arrested at Queens Park Saturday, June 26, 2010.

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Natalie Gray, from Montreal, poses for a portrait outside of her first court appearance after being charged at the G20 Summit in Toronto with Obstruction of a Peace officer, Arrested in front of Eastern Ave Detention Centre, Sunday June 27, 2010.

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Statement from Natalie Gray, from Montreal, after being charged at the G20 Summit in Toronto with Obstruction of a Peace officer, Arrested in front of Eastern Ave Detention Centre, Sunday June 27, 2010.

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Liza Perrault, from Montreal, poses for a portrait after her first court appearance, August 23, 2010, where she faced charges with conspiracy to commit indictable offence and public mischief in relation to the G20 summit weekend. Arrested at U of T gym, Sunday June 27.

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Liza Perrault, from Montreal, after being charged at the G20 Summit weekend, with Conspiracy to commit indictable offense and public mischief, arrested at U of T gym, Sunday June 27.

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Eric Sylvester, from Montreal, poses for a portrait, August 23, 2010, after his first court appearance, where he faced charges of unlawful assembly, obstructing a peace officer and carry a concealed weapon, in connection to the G20 Summit Weekend. He was arrested Saturday, June 26 at Queens Park.

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Statement from Eric Sylvester, from Montreal, after being charged at the G20 Summit weekend in Toronto, with unlawful assembly, obstructing a peace officer and carry a concealed weapon, arrested Saturday, June 26 at Queens Park.

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Vanja Krajina, from Toronto, poses for a portrait poses for a portrait after her first court appearance, after being charged with conspiracy to commit indictable offence during the G20 summit weekend in Toronto. Arrested at Queen and Spadina, Sunday, June 27, 2010.

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Statement from Vanja Krajina, after being charged with conspiracy to commit indictable offence, arrested at Queen and Spadina, Sunday, June 27, 2010.

I was there, watching from my living room. Still can’t believe this actually happened in MY city

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