REDress art installation comes to U of T – U of T

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 2017148 Views

Bright red dresses blowing in the wind – symbolizing the 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women – will confront people walking through U of T’s downtown Toronto campus over the next few days.

Artist Jaime Black’s powerful installation, which goes up Friday, is meant to trigger and provoke reflection and dialogue about the issue of violent crimes against Indigenous women. This is the first time that Black’s REDress Project, which was first unveiled in Winnipeg in 2010, is seen in Toronto. It will be her largest installation to date.

U of T’s Women and Gender Studies Institute collected more than 100 crimson dresses for the exhibit. Black, a U of T alumna who is coming to the university as part of an artist residency, said she chose Philosopher’s Walk as the main location for the installation, because of the creek that once ran below the walkway.

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