Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Two series by Ottawa-based Inuk artist Katherine Takpannie speak to the underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes contributing to the ongoing violence against and associated vulnerability of Indigenous communities. In Our Women and Girls are Sacred (2016–18), theatrical plumes of red smoke invoke the tragedy of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people in Canada. The series All Eyes on Mi’Kma’Ki(MaMyriah) (2020) confronts inadequate governmental action regarding fundamental water rights.
Bringing these three distinct voices into conversation, She Has Something To Say speaks to complex, intersectional, and ongoing feminist struggles within the contemporary cultural landscape, and highlights the critical role of artists in making them visible and inciting change.