The REDress Project art installation raising awareness into the issue of 1,200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women is open at Orillia Campus of Georgian College from now until Feb. 25.
Its creator, Jaimie Black, is a Metis multi-disciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, was at the campus for the installation Feb. 9 and 10, and for an opening talk and exhibition tour Feb. 11.
Through the public display of hundreds of empty red dresses, The REDress Project creates “encounters” with the disappeared by marking their absence, allowing viewers to emotionally connect to this staggering loss.
Conceived by Black in 2010, the project has since travelled across Canada and internationally. The REDress Project is a compelling starting point for opening discussions around race, class and gender violence in local communities and beyond. Black hopes her art will help Canadians understand these women as women – people who are loved and valued and missed – and not just as statistics.
Black’s visit and her art installation are sponsored by Georgian and its Aboriginal Resource Centre.
Details about REDress can be found at www.Facebook.com/REDressProject/.
PHOTOS: Winnipeg artist Jaimie Black works on installing The REDress Project at the Orillia campus of Georgian College. (Georgian College / Doug Crawford)