Red dresses have been spotted hanging off of trees around the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.
And the dresses have been hung there on purpose.
These bright coloured dresses are part of an installation called REDress Project, by artist Jamie Black.
Black’s work focuses on 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,” she explains on her website. “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.”
Her project began back in 2010, and is in Toronto this week at U of T locations, including around Hart House Circle and Philosopher’s Walk.
And U of T students have been posting photos of Black’s latest installation.
Check out the REDress Project’s public exhibit below.
Bright red dresses blowing in the wind at University of Toronto’s Philosopher’s Walk. They symbolise 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women. Artist Jaime Black’s installation, the REDress Project, is meant to trigger and provoke reflection and dialogue about the issue of violent crimes against Indigenous women.