This month Westwood is featuring two of the pieces from the REdress Photography Project.
This project is to honour the memory of the 1,181 Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women cited in the RCMP report of 2014.
Project leader, Mufty Mathewson will also be the guest speaker at our service on Sunday, February 19, 10:30 a.m.
How can you help?
Are you interested in displaying all or part of this project at your location?
To arrange to borrow all or some part of the Red Dress Photography Project, please contact:
Project coordinator: Mufty Mathewson firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternate Contact: Jayme Blenkarn email@example.com
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What can one old woman do to prove that she cares about the 1,181 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women? She can make photographs; she can make visual statements with red dresses in all the places that women live, to honour their memory. A picture is worth a thousand words. I am driven.
My knowledge of the lives of these women is negligible. I educate myself; read the RCMP report, read about the failed treaties, read about the Truth and Reconciliation Reports, read Canadian history of Colonialism, read novels and current literature about our First Nation’s Aboriginal peoples. I feel shame; shame at the Canadian History and shame that I knew so little.
I carry my red dresses everywhere with my camera. I take them with me when I travel. I set a target of at least 1,181 images. I invite others to join me. They do so willingly, also motivated by wanting to redress the wrongs heaped on our aboriginal peoples.
We begin to hang the photographs. They are compelling. People are moved. They discuss the situation. We raise awareness and become a little more educated.
From my heart, I honour the memory of those lost and not forgotten women.
“Look carefully at the little girls you are teaching, Hedy, many will go missing or be murdered.”
These Elder’s staggering words have lingered for 10 years and continue to haunt me.
As an imagemaker I study how things look and sound to compose “thought things” as one way to form ideas, to inspire reflection and rumination – perhaps even start a conversation. When I think of our missing and murdered Aboriginal women if not now, when?