The art of the positive women
Flo Ranville sat by the window of a narrow art gallery in Vancouver’s Chinatown, surrounded by a series of photographs of faceless people. Ranville pointed out a photo of a person standing behind a park bench, covering their face with a shawl. Two wooden carvings sit on the bench beside her, a bear holding a salmon and an eagle. Ranville said the woman, who uses the alias 'Betty Boop,' is from a northern Indigenous community. She and her family were ostracized after she was diagnosed with HIV.