Opening Saturday, November 5th “Waiting”, New Acrylic Works by Jim Logan
The past year has been one of optimism for many Aboriginal people in Canada; there is finally a bit of hope for recognition of historical wrongs. It is, I believe, the beginning of a new relationship, one where Aboriginal voices are being listened to by those in power to make the necessary changes to improve the conditions in which many Aboriginal people find themselves. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings are fundamental in the development of this new relationship – the inquiry to missing and murdered Aboriginal women is a positive indicator that the Federal Government seriously wants to be proactive in building this new relationship. I am waiting, my work in this exhibit remains skeptical perhaps, I know poverty will not diminish overnight, nor will reconciliation be possible for many people. I know that relationship building takes time. I have left little hints of these ongoing issues in this body of work. You will see red dresses, either hanging on clotheslines or being worn in the works in reference to missing and murdered Aboriginal women in support of Jamie Black’s REDress Project, you will see the run down churches in reference to a federal forced assimilation. The works also include our people’s spirituality and exhibits our endurance to be who we are, not what a government wants us to be. -Jim Logan
The exhibition continues through to November 17.
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