Black Lives Matter

This post brings together photos of urban art relating to the Black Lives Matter movement done in the streets of Montreal following the death of George Floyd on 25 May 2020. The BLM movement started in 2013 after the acquittal of the policeman who killed Trayvon Martin and has been a source of inspiration for a few pieces in Montreal between the years 2013 and 2020, but following the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman in 2020, as in many major cities around the world, many artists in Montreal were compelled to voice their anger through the creation of murals, graffiti pieces and pasted art.

Cet article présente des photos d’art urbain inspiré par le mouvement Black Lives Matter dans les rues de Montréal suite au décès de George Floyd le 25 mai 2020. Le mouvement BLM a débuté en 2013 suite à l’acquittement du policier responsable du meurtre de Trayvon Martin et a été une source d’inspiration pour quelques pièces à Montréal entre les années 2013 et 2020. Suite au meurtre de George Floyd par un policier blanc en 2020, tout comme dans plusieurs autres grandes villes autour du monde, plusieurs artistes à Montréal ont senti le besoin de manifester leur colère via la création de pièces murales, de graffiti et de collages.


painted work

As in many other cities around the world, a huge Black Lives Matter street piece was done in Montreal. In French, “La vie des noir.e.s compte” was produced by Gala Dynastie and Never Was Average and painted by multiple artists, one artist per letter. Scroll down for close-ups.

Close-up on the above “La vie des noir.e.s compte” street piece.

Closer-up on the above “La vie des noir.e.s compte” street piece.

Close-up on the ‘N’ painted by Maliciouz, from the above “La vie des noir.e.s compte” street piece in which each letter was done by a different artist.

Close-up on the ‘E’ painted by Mins, from the above “La vie des noir.e.s compte” street piece in which each letter was done by a different artist.

A collective of artists wanting to remain uncredited painted this huge piece on the boarded up Apple Store downtown.

Louis Letters on letters and Tshoko on figurative parts for this Plateau mural. See close-ups on the partially hidden letter pieces below.

Close-up on Louis Letters‘ “Black Lives Matter” on the above Plateau mural.

Close-up on Louis Letters‘ “No Justice No Peace” on the above Plateau mural.

Collaboration between Omar Bernal and Aldarwin in Hochelaga.

Tribute to George Floyd by Christopher B Powell and Caroline Thibault, at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Jenna Schwartz and Tasia Valliant‘s tribute to George Floyd found at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Breonna Taylor portrait by Ali K in Mile End.

Denial’s contribution to the 2020 edition of Mural Festival.

“I Can’t Breathe”, a tribute to George Floyd by the XPR crew.

Tribute to George Floyd, presumably by someone in Eho, in Rosemont.

“No Justice No Peace”, unidentified artist.

Bosny writing his name and those of George Floyd, Robert Fuller, Arnaud Arbery and Malcolm Harsch in an abandoned building.

Bosny on the BLM piece next to Zoltan on the left and Louis Letters on the awning, for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Konsa in an empty lot in centreal Montreal.

When Nick Fortin redid his iconic “Montreal” piece in Petite-Patrie, he did it in black as a gesture of support to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Tribute to George Floyd by Sloast, in a Plateau alley.

Stencils of George Floyd were painted here and there by an unidentified artist around the Plateau/Mile End.

“Black Lives Matter” tags appeared all over the city, this is just one of many found.


pasted work

A George Floyd wheatpaste by an unidentified artist, found in Mile End.

A huge wheatpaste by Miss Me put up in a Rosemont alley.

A wheatpaste of Malcolm X by Stikki Peaches found in Ahuntsic.

A wheatpaste of Martin Luther King by Stikki Peaches found in Ahuntsic.

Black Lives Matter poster, unidentified person.

Poster by Maya Cardin put at the time of George Floyd’s murder.

Black Lives Matter poster by Maya Cardin.

Black Lives Matter poster by Louis Letters.

No Justice No Peace paste-up by Louis Letters.

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