My wonderful friend Stacy let me know that there were red dresses hung up in the trees all along Saskatchewan drive by the University of Alberta. She thought it would make an interesting photo opportunity. I was curious, so made my way over to photograph something out of the ordinary. As I imaged the dresses, I kept wondering why they were there. All different sizes and styles, but all of them red. I was really moved by the contrast and loneliness of the dresses hanging in the woods, in the cold.
Later I researched and found out that Jaime Black a Metis artist has created the art installation to bring attention to the fact that over 500 aboriginal and metis women have been murdered or have gone missing in Canada. Walking by each dress represents one of these women. The art installation will be at the University of Alberta until March 5th. Here is further information on the artist and how you can support the cause. The REDress Project