Artists: Canne • Raven Commando • Laura Fauchon • Brenda Hill • Anna Heffernan • Jordyn Hendricks • PJ Leroux • Rachel Nungnik • Nawyaak • Gwen Palluq • Frankie Pasap • Janice Toulouse • Georgette Whiteduck • Carmel Whittle
Presented in partnership with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health’s Anti-Human Trafficking Education program, with support from Tungasuvvingat Inuit and Minwaashin Lodge, Gallery 101 is honoured to host We Are Not Invisible: an Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Art Exhibition. The exhibition will open at Gallery 101 on March 7 from 2-5 PM and run until April 4 2020.
We Are Not Invisible will feature work by 14 First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists. The exhibition was curated in collaboration with staff from Wabano, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and Minwaashin Lodge who are also members of ACTION: the Anti-Violence & Coercion Taskforce for Indigenous Organizations & Networks. Featured artists include youth, non-professional, emerging, and mid-career artists who responded to an open call for artwork in any medium that unpacks difficult topics around human trafficking, the targeting of Indigenous communities, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited People Final Report.
“In the face of unspeakable pain from the ongoing crisis being experienced primarily by Indigenous members of our city - Ottawa, Canada - the artists speak, and we learn through their resilience, courage and talent. Gallery 101 thanks the women of ACTION who have helped us educate ourselves and be of service in the fight to heal with art, conversation and community.”
Laura Margita, Director/Curator of Gallery 101
During the exhibition We Are Not Invisible educational toolkits published by Wabano will be available for visitors to read or take home from the gallery to learn more about the current human trafficking crisis in Ottawa. The exhibition will close on April 4th with a panel discussion between ACTION, artists, researchers, and organizations working to prevent and/or support those living through trafficking and exploitation.
Accessibility and Care:
The opening, exhibition, and closing panel are all free to attend. Refreshments will be served during the opening and closing events. No registration required; all are welcome.
Both floors of Gallery 101 are accessible via lift. We have a gender neutral accessible washroom on the ground floor, and our front entrance is at grade.
We recognize that the topics of the show may be triggering. We have a quiet space near our upper floor windows where visitors are welcome to take a moment to themselves if needed.
Due to the sensitive nature of the exhibition, we ask visitors not to photograph the work.