Artists Tackle COVID-Era Racism Across the U.S.-Canada Border – Next City

Written by Jonathan Ore

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was produced by CBC q as part of “We Are Not Divided,” a special editorial project of Reasons to be Cheerful that explores the human capacity to overcome divisions.

Simone Saunders and Tekikki Walker have never met each other in person. But the two artists found much in common with each other when they connected as part of a long-distance collaboration.

Their project is part of the Long Distance Art series, an initiative that connects different artists online, kind of like a matchmaking service for creators.

“Tekikki’s work was just mesmerizing to me: the Black content, the color palette, the vibrancy of her work,” Saunders, who is based in Calgary, told q host Tom Power.

For Walker, who lives more than 1,900 miles (3,200 km) away in Cleveland, the professional admiration was mutual.

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