Resilience is a public celebration, a creative act of reconciliation and commemoration of fifty contemporary artworks by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women artists.
Resilience is present in Canada. On highways, in communities and Nations across Canada, a land in which too many women and girls have gone missing. Fifty women are taking over public spaces with their art, drawing attention to a resilience that cannot be ignored.
Resilience is curated by Lee-Ann Martin, one of Canada’s foremost Indigenous (Mohawk) curators. This project responds to Call #79 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. The Call encourages collaborations among Indigenous peoples and the arts community to develop a framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration.
“It is an extremely exciting opportunity for me to work with 50 Indigenous women artists and with MAWA on Resilience, the national billboard project. For these artists, resilience is embodied as endurance, adaptability and sovereignty in relation to customary practices, contemporary identities, the land, and the impact of colonial practices and strategies. The large-scale billboard images exist outside of art galleries, standing alongside the country’s roadways. The artists in Resilience stand as Defenders of their cultural sovereignty and Protectors of this land.”– Lee-Ann Martin, Curator
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