The REDress Project outdoor art installation by Métis artist Jaime Black at Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. centres on the issue of missing or murdered Indigenous women. Numerous red dresses are displayed hanging loosely along the Riverwalk located in the Museum’s Native landscape, where they will remain throughout March to commemorate Women’s History Month.
Jaime Black’s work focuses on feminism and Aboriginal social justice, and the possibilities for articulating linkages between and around these movements.
Jaime says: “Since the onset of colonization Indigenous women have been standing up to protect and defend the lands, water and communities of turtle island. It is because of this stand that Indigenous women and girls have been the target of colonial violence for centuries. Violence will not silence us as Indigenous women. Through the REDress Project the spirits of the missing or murdered Women and girls stand with us here today, giving us courage, strength and clarity- leading us forward on the path to REclaim our sovereignty as Indigenous women.”
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Images: The REDress Project, an outdoor art installation by Métis artist Jaime Black at Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Photos by Katherine Fogden.