Winnipeg based Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore will create a major original art piece for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The public will create hand pressed clay “beads” during workshops. These workshops will include children, families and people from different backgrounds. This piece will be displayed on a 74-square-metre wall in the Indigenous Perspectives gallery of CMHR and Red River Valley clay gumbo will be a major component of the clay beads.
“Art is a powerful medium for relaying human rights messages and Belmore’s work is both powerful and important: not only within Canada, but around the world,” said CEO Stuart Murray.
The individualized beads will reflect concepts of earth, water and sky, and speak to the existence of the peoples who first inhabited these lands. The beads will be strung together, then installed to resemble a giant hanging blanket.
“The gesture of forming these beads is a reminder of how precious and universal the bond is between humans and the earth. The human trace, the hands of generations past and those to come, is an inherent part of this artwork. Everyone who was involved ‘owns’ a piece of it. Each bead is an individuals’ contribution to this piece.”
The piece will be called “Trance” and the first workshop takes place tomorrow.
We're so proud that an artist of Rebecca Belmore’s stature will contribute to the Museum in such a creative way. http://t.co/Q17bFNMbsp
— CMHR (@CMHR_News) January 24, 2014