Debate over cultural appropriation

Submitted on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:10

TORONTO—The work of Toronto painter Amanda PL is infused with bright colours and bold outlines often associated with an indigenous art style.

But for many of those familiar with the Woodland School of Art, as the genre is also known, it smacks of cultural appropriation by a young artist with no claim to the tradition.

Outrage over Amanda PL’s work has renewed debate over who has the right to use and profit from specific customs.

It’s a decades-old problem that is only gradually being understood in a field where ideas and images are continually borrowed, traded and reinvented, say observers.

@ Canadian Inquirer