REDress and Perception projects reach Yellowknife

The creators of two campaigns channelling art to inspire social change will speak in Yellowknife on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jaime Black and KC Adams will host two nights entitled Art, Power, and Social Change at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

Black’s REDress project uses dresses as installation art to remind Canadians of the nation’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Adams’ Perception poster campaign, which has appeared around Yellowknife in recent days, challenges stereotypes of First Nations citizens.


On Wednesday at 6:30pm, the two will share highlights from these projects and other works while discussing the critical response their art has received.

On Thursday at 6:30pm, Black and Adams are joined by Casey Koyczan, Tania Larsson, and Melaw Nakehk’o for a panel discussion about the role artists play in social change and decolonization.

The events are presented by YK ARCC and Dene Nahjo.

Both artists are Winnipeg-based. Adams’ posters gained considerable recognition when they were put up in the city in 2015, the same year Winnipeg was named Canada’s most racist city by Maclean’s magazine.