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The Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative was produced by imagineNATIVE with funding from Canada Council for the Arts
The Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative (SSDI) an artistic commission and national exhibition of four, one-minute digital works by award-winning Canadian Indigenous filmmakers celebrating and honouring Indigenous women and their contributions as strong, successful and valued members of society.
SSDI, produced by imagineNATIVE, is co-presented by Amnesty International Canada and Pattison Onestop, a leader in public display advertising and creative content presentations. This innovative digital artistic project is the first time the Festival has partnered to present a simultaneous national exhibition. SSDI will be exhibited throughout Toronto’s subway system on more than 300 Pattison Onestop digital subway platform screens, on 254 digital monitors in 33 English language shopping centre display screens across Canada (see locations below), at the Calgary International Airport, and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox leading up to and during the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 15 – 21, 2012.
The SSDI project started as a call by imagineNATIVE and its partners to Canada’s Aboriginal artistic community to conceive of a one-minute video piece creatively reflecting and responding to the Stolen Sisters, a term adopted by the Aboriginal community and larger social justice organizations of the struggle to find answers for the over 500 official (and arguably more) unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. Four works by award-winning artists from different regions of Canada were selected through a juried process.
The Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative will screen as a part of the Alternative New Media on Screen program during imagineNATIVE on Saturday, October 20, 10:30am.
The four commissioned works are:
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Artist: Angela Sterritt (Gitxsan/Lax Gibu)
An animation of empowered, Indigenous life-givers sharing dreams, strength and knowledge illustrating that Aboriginal women deserve honour and to live in an equitable world.
Artist: Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe) Spare and visually-arresting,
SNARE is a performance-piece that captures the brutality of violence against Aboriginal women, as well as the possibility of healing and grace.
WHEN IT RAINS
Artist: Cara Mumford (Métis/Chippewa Cree)
When It Rains is a silent dance film portraying one woman’s struggle for balance between her traditional upbringing and the harsh reality of the city.
LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY
Artists: Jesse Gouchey (Cree) and Xstine Cook
Spray paint is used to animate a series of portraits of missing women. The animated portraits were painted frame-by-frame as murals and banners, which now serve as memorials in the communities where the women disappeared.
Blogs were posted bi-monthly leading up to the public presentation. See the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative at imagineNATIVE as a part of the Alternative New Media On Screen Program, October 20, 10:30am
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STOLEN SISTERS:
SSDI DISPLAY ON SHOPPING CENTRE DIGITAL DISPLAYS
SSDI works will be on digital displays on rotation during shopping hours at the following locations:
Calgary International Airport, Calgary
Southcentre Mall, Calgary
Sunridge Mall, Calgary
Mill Woods Town Centre, Edmonton
Southgate Centre, Edmonton
CrossIron Mills, Rocky View
Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby
Woodgrove Centre , Nanaimo
Richmond Centre, Richmond
Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
Oakridge Centre, Vancouver
Mayfair Shopping Centre, Victoria
Kildonan Place, Winnipeg
Mic Mac Mall, Halifax
Quinte Mall, Belleville
Bramelea City Centre, Brampton
Lynden Park Mall, Brantford
Burlington Mall, Burlington
Dixie Outlet Mall, Etobicoke
Stone Road Mall, Guelph
Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket
Oakville Place, Oakville
Oshawa Centre, Oshawa
Bayshore Shopping Centre, Ottawa
St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa
Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough
Dundee Place, Toronto
Holt Renfrew Centre, Toronto
Metro Hall, Toronto
Richmond Adelaide Place, Toronto
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto
Vaughn Mills, Vaughn
Conestoga Mall, Waterloo
Devonshire Mall, Windsor