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Jaime Black AGSM Billboard Launch & Photovoice 2 Reception


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Please join us on Thursday Evening, March 22 to celebrate the launch of the second AGSM Bilboard, as well as a public reception for "Photovoice 2" now exhibiting in the AGSM Community Gallery.

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is excited to announce the second project for the AGSM Billboard on Rosser Avenue. Winnipeg-based Métis artist, Jaime Black in collaboration with Brandon-based artists Barb Blind and Jessie Jannuska, will debut a new photo-based work that celebrates Indigenous presence and cultural resurgence on this land. Jaime Black is a Métis multidisciplinary artist originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Influenced by her grandfather’s deep connection to the land and his experiences growing up in the bush, Black’s art practice emerged as a means to explore her relationship to her Métis identity. Her work engages in themes of memory, trauma, resistance, and resilience. Largely self taught, Black began a full time arts practice after creating The REDress Project, an installation art project that draws attention to missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls. Jaime has recently been recognized by the Human Rights Museum as one of five women that should be household names in Canada, alongside leaders such as Nellie McClung and Viola Desmond.

Support for this project has been provided by The Whitehead Foundation For Western Manitoba Inc. Thank you to the RBC Emerging Artists Project for supporting this ongoing project.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Planting Seeds of Change: Voices of Indigenous Youth is a collection of photographs and stories about how urban community gardens contribute to holistic health of individuals and urban neighbourhoods. The Medicine Wheel is used as a framework for understanding the holistic health benefits of urban gardening. As part of the Urban Gardens/Holistic Health Project, Indigenous youth in Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba, ages 18-29 years, designed, installed, and harvested demonstration gardens. They used the photographs that they took throughout the project to reflect on their gardening experiences. In this exhibit they share their personal stories of the physical, social, mental, and spiritual effects of urban gardening — the exhibit expands knowledge of Indigenous perspectives about health and wellness. The Urban Gardens/Holistic Health Project is a community-based research collaboration involving Brandon University, Brandon Friendship Centre, the Manitoba Métis Federation Southwest Region, Four Arrows Regional Health Authority, and Indigenous youth in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba.

Featuring Indigenous Youth Participants:
Twila Ameech
Damien Ernste
Brittany Richard
Wayne Mallett
Gregory Monias
Kelly Nepinak
Alanna Sinclair
Toni Bouchey
Alycia Gold
Rachel Gregory Robertson
Leo Martin-Shea
Daylynn Nault
Ashley Robertson
Chantel Sinclair

The Urban Garden Project is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.