an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 22-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Ryan Walker. Location: Toronto, Canada Copyright Wondereur 2021.

MEET with artist Dean Drever curated by experimental art explorer Michael Klein.

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WHEN SOMEBODY DOES SOMETHING WRONG TO US, WE JUST WANT TO PUT THEM AWAY.
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We lock them up in jail so they can’t continue to hurt people.
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To me, violence is just repressed anger.
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HOW CAN WE FIND A VOICE FOR BAD BEHAVIOUR IN A HEALTHY WAY?
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I started to think about that in terms of a dark side and a light side. One doesn’t exist without the other. It’s part of us all.
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Nobody wants to be bad… Everybody just wants to be good and stand in the light.
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There’s something about organized crime that is sort of fascinating. There’s a lot of planning, and an immediacy to it.
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These people are volunteering themselves for the risk.
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Not only is organized crime an area of strong conviction, but I think it’s almost like creating art. The only thing between you and what you want is somebody or a law.
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THERE’S A TAKING OF WHAT YOU WANT AND USING IT FOR YOUR OWN.
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CREATION IS A CALCULATED RISK: THERE’S A RESPONSIBILITY IN MAKING OBJECTS.
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Nature in and of itself is so seamlessly perfect, and there’s people who’ve done things over the years that are seamless and perfect and incredibly beautiful.
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WHAT RIGHT DO I HAVE TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO REMAIN AFTER I’M GONE?
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I’ve been working on themes of violence and power for almost 20 years.
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Recently, I’ve been exploring my aboriginal heritage. I’m part Haida from my father’s side but my knowledge of the culture was quite minimal. I became curious about it quite a bit later in life.
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Now being a father… I do sort of wake up every day and think about the kinds of things that my daughter is going to be exposed to and experience through life.
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This 16-foot totem paper sculpture that I made, I called it Pass the Hat. There is a thunderbird and a human-bear and a large space between the two, which is a hat. It’s me passing to my daughter, you know, the hat of the watchman. I’m passing to her my knowledge, our culture, and our history, and in a sense, making her the new custodian of our culture — becoming the watchman.
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As an artist, I’m always thinking of that responsibility of making something that’s not a burden.
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IN A WAY, CREATING ART IS A DIRTY JOB AND SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT.