The Men’s Banner Project is a combination of social artistry, performance and installation created in response to the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in North America and the ongoing epidemic issue of violence against women.
I create banners covered in the handprints of men who promise never to use their hands for violence against women nor ignore or tolerate the violence they witness. The Men’s Banner is a site-specific installation that reclaims space in an Indigenous way. I photograph the progression and document the community’s interaction and reaction to the art piece. The banner is a tool to begin dialogue, show support and build a stronger community through art.
I’m not an organization, I’m an artist and this is part of my body of work. To me art is answering a question. Trying to solve a problem. I felt compelled to do something artistic and interactive. I noticed that there are many actions, organizations and campaigns run by women for women. I needed to involve men in a positive way.
I began developing the idea in 2007 and started my first banner in September 2008 at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus.
In the beginning I thought this was going to be a small project that I did one or two times. That it would take me a couple of months to fill a banner and I’d move on feeling accomplished. It took me over 4 years to complete the first one. By then I had hundreds of stories, photographs and video of my experiences. I’ve created this website to document it all.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Public Awareness and Communications Winnipeg, Manitoba 2012
Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award Winnipeg, Manitoba 2009