Tour Stop #11: Sexual Assault The Roadshow is in Nipissing and North Bay For Month of October

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Sexual Assault: the Roadshow was launched at The Big Medicine Studio on the Nipissing First Nations Reserve (October 3rd to 9th). It will also travel throughout the City of North Bay including:

North Bay Police Service (Oct 10-15);
Nipissing University (Oct. 16 to 22)
and North Bay City Hall. (Oct. 23 to 29).

For Open House and Workshop dates and times at each location, Please visit: http://www.ameliarising.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Sexual_Assault_The_Roadshow_calendar_final.pdf

The North Bay Roadshow is hosted by Amelia Rising and the artist in residence is  Meg Lozicki Paulin.

Keep checking back on this page for more photos to come!

Tour Stop #7: Peterborough with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

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The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and participating artists welcomed Sexual Assault: The Roadshow to Peterborough for May’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

 

KSAC and Artists Statement:

“Facing Faceless” is a project about sexual violence and harassment prevention that addresses a culture normalizing sexual violence and degrading women.

A core group of four local and professional artists, collectively examined the objectification of women, the invisibility of survivors of sexual violence, and the national silence around the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. As a community, we have become entrenched in the digital world and disconnected from face-to-face communication which is deteriorating empathy. Artist/Playwright and Aboriginal cultural curator Anne Taylor, joined Micky Renders, social activist, teacher and artist, as well as Barb Hawthorn, artist, and Shelley King, artist and puppeteer in exploring this theme. They confronted how we face facelessness as witnesses, survivors and bystanders, by revealing our inner wisdom, by reclaiming our power and identity, and by looking towards art, culture and ancestors to find resiliency, strength and voice.

Through “Facing Faceless,’ we built community-wide conversations, informed by Indigenous cultural competency, to address the issues of sexual violence perpetrated against 100% of local indigenous women and girls (according to a 2015 needs assessment), and young women ages 15 to 24 through online and dating violence. Working with a variety of media, these artists connected with community through workshops at PCVS and weekly exhibition in the Sexual Assault Road Show to promote May 2017’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Tour Stop #6: OCAD University with Sheila Sampath

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In November 2016, artist and OCAD instructor Sheila Sampath worked with design students to create an exhibition that utilized textiles. A spoken word performance was also featured. Visitors from the public had the opportunity to engage in brief exercises to create their own art.  They included button making, posters, spoken word and other activities.  For more information about this event you can click on this link here.

Tour Stop #4: Toronto City Hall with Apanaki Temitayo M and Mosa McNeilly

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In September of 2016, The Roadshow was officially launched at Toronto City Hall. Workshops were led by African Canadian artists Apanaki Temitayo Minerve  and Mosa McNeilly. They informed and guided participants through workshops that supported the creation of art through drumming, spirituality, African textiles and painting.

 

Radical Acts of Resiliemcy: Ritual, Reclamation and Self-Love with Mosa McNeilly

Artist Bio

 

Mosa McNeilly is a visual artist, performer, spiritual practitioner, researcher, educator and editor. Working through interdisciplinary research methodologies she investigates themes of Black radical imagination, Middle Passage memory and embodying the Sacred as creative praxes of freedom and self realization.

 

Channelling Orisha Warriors Workshop with Apanaki Temitayo M.

Artist Bio

Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Using African textiles, her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality.

Tour Stop #3: At the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton with Heidi Cho

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In August 2016, Hamilton artist Heidi Cho worked with SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton) to create large scale posters and a zine to be used for public education.

Zines are self-published booklets that feature poetry, collages, comics, writing, drawing…anything really! Zines allow us to challenge mainstream media, by telling our stories how we want them to be told. Using markers, pens, glue-sticks, magazines, pencil crayons and paper, participants were given the opportunity to make a collaborative ‘zine as well as their own personal zine.

 

Artist Bio

 

Heidi Cho is a survivor who makes art. She makes comics and zines on themes around mental health, queerness, family and navigating the world as a queer survivor of colour. She is currently working on a new comic on her personal experiences re-defining healthy relationships.

You can check our her art at heidicho.tumblr.com or www.instagram.com/heidichomakesart.

 

Tour Stop #2: Oshweken with Julia Jamieson

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The Ganohkwasra Family Abuse Support agency in Oshweken on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve hosted the Roadshow for the month of July 2016. Artist Julia Jamieson worked with participants in multiple genres including music, performance, painting and spoken word to address the historical, social and spiritual effects of  sexual assault and colonization in Indigenous nations and communities.

The Gahnawaskra Family Abuse Centre worked with artist Julie Jamieson to conduct workshops that reflected Indigenous art and culture and participants created art that included: spirit paintings, drumming, dance, theatre and posters.

 

Tour Stop #1: Scadding Court with Reesee Zigga Zagga

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Sexual Assault: The Roadshow opened its doors at the Scadding Court Community Centre in early June of 2016. Workshops by artist Reesee Zigga Zagga were held weekly.  Participants worked with photography; drawing; an exercise in sound as language (with Lillian Allen); and the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi to create art that disrupts notions of sexual assault and responses to it.

Borrowing from the Japanese tradition of Kintusgi – the mending of cherished objects that have been broken with silver and gold paint – rendering them more valuable, beautiful and stronger than before, Toronto artist Reesee ZiggaZagga worked with Sexual Assault: the Roadshow workshop participants to explore a journey of resilience. As part of the workshop, participants were asked to draw themselves. They were then asked to tear their self-portraits into four pieces.  Using gold tape on the front or back of the drawing,  participants then recreated their portrait to demonstrate and affirm their renewed strength, resilience, and beauty after sexual violence had entered their lives.

Workshop participants were asked to identify and and talk about parts of their body where they held or “remembered” the sexual violence they had experienced.  With their full participation and permission, photographs were taken to visualize the reclamation, power and beauty of those places.

The shame of violence and abuse keep many people silent. Workshop participants were asked to complete the sentence “I Reclaim My Voice” as an act of breaking the silence.

 

Artist Bio

 

Reesee Zigga Zagga takes pictures and is based in Toronto.

In 2012, she founded Reclaim Your Voice, a grassroots organization which creates safe spaces for survivors of abuse to share their stories.  Since creating this movement in the name of peace and healing for all, she has facilitated over 25 events, performed spoken word poetry at notable platforms including TEDxRougeRiver, and is a frequent guest speaker at schools where she reminds youth of their own capacities to be agents of change. She is the recipient of the 2014 Yinnergy Award for her work in the Malvern Community, and the 2015 VolunteerToronto Legacy Award.

Reesee’s humanitarian work has helped her connect more deeply with the people who get in front of her camera, resulting in unique photography work that speaks to the soul.