#whatdoyoufeelwhen is a Canada-wide campaign that saw one thousand 24”x 36” posters of Dunkley’s portrait posted in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Images from this project are then used to subvert, reconfigure and infuse new meaning to the digital space of Instagram. The poster uses Dunkley’s own face that has been altered to resemble pen and ink drawings of escaped slaves published in the 17th century Montreal Gazette. Slave owners would buy space in Canadian newspapers in order to hunt for those who had gone free. By recontextualizing the escaped slave poster, Dunkley references the history of slavery in Canada and the United States as well his own contemporary inquiry into feelings of being studied, dehumanized, objectified and pursued.
These posters are placed on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations known as Vancouver, the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region and home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III known as Calgary, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands in the place called Toronto, and on the land located on unceded Indigenous territory where the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters in the place known as Montreal.