Activism Art

Often protests arise in the face of events which threaten Aboriginal Rights, and these can be expressed through an array of methods, from picket lines, to public speeches, and through artistic expression. One way to highlight the atrocious events is through protest, and a non-violent branch of this would be protest art.
A collective trauma affects an alarming number of individuals together as a group, often violating their rights as human beings.

In Canada, the most troubling culprits of such trauma has always been our very own government, with the victims being the hundreds of thousands of First Nations people who call this country home. Historically there unfortunately is a rather long list of instances which would fall into the category of collective trauma for First Nations people. Violations of treaties, neglect for the land rights, and the cultural genocide which was residential schools are a few that come to mind.

A creative and powerful way to combat this injustice, is through activism art.

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  1. Another piece of activism art is Jaime Black’s ReDress Project. She says “My current work: The REDress Project, focuses around the issue of missing or murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. It is an installation art project based on an aesthetic response to this critical national issue. The project seeks to collect 600 red dresses by community donation that will later be installed in public spaces throughout Winnipeg and across Canada as a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us. Through the installation I hope to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.” The project can be seen at http://www.theredressproject.org/

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