Patricia Bourque — Beyond The Regalia
Opening Reception July 10, 7 – 9pm
On display until August 18
Beyond The Regalia is a series of photographic portraits of Mi’kmaw women from my traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki. With these images, I want to bring honour back to the Mi’kmaw women. When I see our Women, I see; beauty, dignity, strength and sacredness.
It is my hope that visitors to the show will make the connections: that they will cease to make assumptions about these women, and see beyond the images created by the media or that the justice system have formed. The many First Nations women who were murdered, or listed missing, are human beings, and similar to the portraits I am creating of living Mi’kmaw Women, I want their stories told. My hope is that viewers get to know us, see who we really are, or were. I want these visuals to start conversations; to make people feel, think, understand, and perhaps walk away with new perceptions, new beliefs about First Nations, and about themselves. It is also an opportunity to bring awareness to the MMIWG, and to honour their memories. It is my belief, this is one step towards reconciliation, another step toward new understandings, and another step toward pride and honour for each of the women that I photograph.
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