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A Blackfoot artist in Alberta doesn’t believe the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) is on the radar in Calgary.
So he created a shock art piece and displayed it in the middle of downtown to raise awareness.
The art piece was of a shrouded corpse on a blanket that artist Destin Running Rabbit calls “Disposable Red Woman”.
Next to the piece was statistics and explanation on MMIW.
It appears to have worked.
“I thought there was a live person there, so I had to look at it,” said Charlene Hjorleifson, adding she felt shocked and sad.
“It really speaks volumes. It’s a tragedy what’s happened over the years and we need to take care of it.”
Another person said it was “kind of heartbreaking.”
Running Rabbit placed the piece in several locations.
“Being in Calgary I think not too many people know about it or believe it,” he said. “There’s a lot of cognitive dissonance with this subject.”
He said he was pleased with the reaction.
“We are getting people who are opening their hearts,” said Running Rabbit. “I think it’s going better than what was planned.”
Running Rabbit said he hopes all that see his art on MMIW will pass the story along.
Until one-day Indigenous women aren’t seen as disposable.
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