Posted on February 29, 2012 by Petra Cegielny

From March 5 – 9, 2012, Augustana will feature a REDress Art Installation on campus. Join artist Jaime Black at Augustana on March 7 to learn more about this installation which aims to draws people’s attention to the more than 600 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

Jaime Black
Date: March 7
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room #2-004 Forum

Jaime Black is a Métis artist from Winnipeg. She collects
and displays red dresses in public spaces to draw people’s attention to the more than 600 reported cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. This initiative is called the “REDress Project” and from March 5 – 9, 2012, the University of Alberta will feature REDress Art Installations throughout its various campuses, including Augustana.

Join Jaime Black at Augustana on Wednesday, March 7 to learn more about her visual art installations and how, through the collection and public display of empty red dresses, she “seeks to draw attention to, and create space for dialogue around, the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women”.

Facebook Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Red-Dress-Project/345932625430871

Project History
The REDress Project has been exhibited at various venues both locally and nationally including, The University of Winnipeg in collaboration with The Institute for Women and Gender Studies in March 2011, The Manitoba Legislature in June 2011, The Women’s Worlds International Feminist Gathering in Ottawa in July 2011, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC in October 2011 and most recently at The University of Manitoba in November 2011. The project continues to gain momentum and positive support and feedback from communities across Canada. With now over 300 donations of red dresses from people across the country, the project continues to grow and build towards its goal of raising national awareness and providing space for dialogue, as well as the impetus for ending violence against Aboriginal women.

Donate a Red Dress
Augustana is collecting red dresses and two-pieces to assist with future installations. If you or someone you know has a red dress you could donate, or if you would like to give a financial donation to assist in acquiring more red dresses please contact Pippa Feinstein at feinstei@ualberta.ca or Petra Cegielny at 780-679-1562 or cegielny@augustana.ca.

Artist Biography
Jaime Black is a Métis multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg. She studied English Literature at the University of Manitoba and received her Bachelor of Education at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has taught in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in the Pas, Manitoba, has worked developing art curriculum for Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, and has long been involved in the writers and artists communities in Winnipeg. She is currently a mentee with Mentoring Artists for Womens Art (MAWA). In her artwork, Jaime attempts to create a dialogue around social and political events and issues, through provocation and the creation of space for reflection. She is particularly interested in feminism and Aboriginal social justice, and the possibilities for articulating linkages between and around these movements.

Article adapted from Jaime Black’s personal biography, abstract and project history as well as a project summary and promotional material created by Pippa Feinstein.


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