HAVE YOU SEEN MY SISTER?
ARTISTS OF THE AURORA
nuit blanche toronto 2017
independent project 89
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 to october 1, 2017
51 Grosvenor street, toronto
For twelve hours, artists sing the names of Canada's missing women in a composition and improvisation for unaccompanied voice. The piece invites guests to add their voices to the installation in call/response sections. Ribbons, which can be taken home or used to create art on site, serve as a reminder of the missing women. When worn, they prompt one to look around corridors of power and privilege and ask: “Who is missing?” provoking us to draw connections between these absences and the phenomena of missing and murdered women and girls.
The image for Have You Seen My Sister? starts with a painting by Artists of the Aurora collective member Victor Klassen. Design members Pat Vandesompele, Noah Handa-Kipphoff, and Shelina Knight worked to create an image that evokes missing posters. The missing in this poster is Everywoman. She carries the world on her shoulders. The image draws connections among the phenomena of missing and murdered women in Canada and throughout the world. Indigenous women, women of colour, poor women, trans women: it is often the most disenfranchised whose numbers are over-represented in missing and murdered statistics. The image of Everywoman in this poster also suggests the centrality of women to the well-being of everyone on the planet.