March 16th, 2015 Last Updated on: March 16th, 2015
Winnipeg-based artist KC Adams (Métis) graduated from Concordia University with a BFA and works in many mediums including sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art. Her latest project is a photo series tackling stereotypes of Indigenous people.
From the artist's statement:
I was tired of reading negative and disparaging remarks directed at Indigenous people of Winnipeg, in the press and on social media, so I created a body of work that forces the viewer to look again and documents another perspective.
My photos series, called “Perception,” is an attempt to combat the stereotypes some have of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and to illustrate that just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a person based on their race.
I have always known that there were so many Indigenous people in Winnipeg who were leaders in the community or Indigenous people living average lives. However, their stories never made it into the newspapers or on social media. Then, during the 2014 civic election campaign—with some of the stories and comments that came forward—I realized how alive racism is in Winnipeg, and how many negative stereotypes of First Nations people are accepted as fact. I decided to ask models to pose for me and offered them a chance to label themselves.
Hopefully these images will spark some much needed discussion
If you're in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area you can see the exhibit in person. The opening reception will be held Thursday March 19, 2015 at the main floor galleria of Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Greetings and artist talk: 6pm
Otherwise the art will be throughout the downtown Winnipeg, according to an article from Maclean's:
Adams’s art will appear on billboards, in storefronts and in bus shelters. On Jets game nights—those rare nights when the city’s largely white, suburban population floods the downtown—massive images will be projected onto buildings. By fall, financial backers, including the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, hope the project will stretch to the suburbs and the University of Manitoba’s south-end campus. This is just the start. Perception will inaugurate an annual indigenous art project in a city divided along racial lines, which has long struggled with deeply rooted racism.
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