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- Rebecca Belmore (Artist)
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- Rebecca Belmore's performance, "Vigil," was performed June 23, 2002 at the corner of Gore Street and Cordova Street in Vancouver, where many Indigenous women and girls have disappeared. The site-specific performance addresses the loss and distress that Indigenous communities experience in ongoing colonial legacies. Beginning with a ceremonial cleansing of the performance site in an urban alley near Gore and Cordova Streets, Belmore calls out the names of the missing women. After putting on a red dress, Belmore nails the fabric to a telephone pole where she repeatedly tears it and then re-nails it.
It was recorded by Paul Wong during the 2002 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver. "Vigil" was commissioned by Full Circle in Talking Stick: Aboriginal Arts Festival and Margo Kane.
- Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Permanent Collection
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- Purchased with support from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2005
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