Red Embers, a public art installation honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women is on display at Toronto’s Allan Gardens. Commissioned featured artists include OCAD U alumni: Catherine Tammaro, Hannah Claus, Hillary Brighthill, Lido Pimienta and Lindsey Lickers.
The artists were chosen along with nine other Indigenous female artists from different parts of the country who were commissioned to be part of the exhibition.
The 13 banners symbolize the 13 Grandmother Moons within the Lunar System. According to the Indigenous tradition, the Grandmother Moon heals those women who have suffered sexual assault or domestic violence.
This is the first time that Toronto is displaying a free installation of this scale featuring Indigenous women artists. The installation is on display at Allan Gardens until the annual October 4, 2019 Sisters in Spirit Vigil.
Red Embers is funded by the Public Space Incubator, an initiative of Park People funded by Ken and Eti Greenberg and the Balsam Foundation. The Toronto Arts Council is supporting Red Embers through a grant. Other donors include ERA Architects, Friends of Allan Gardens, Torys LLP, Andrew Sorbara, ARUP and University of Toronto School of Cities. The Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto is the project's charitable partner and collaborator. The organization is also accepting donations.