_Sing Our Rivers Red_, a traveling earring exhibit aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence across North America, opens Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Goudi’ni Gallery.
This exhibition’s purpose is to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered, tortured, raped, trafficked, assaulted, or gone missing. A long hanging cloth covered with hundreds of earrings will be displayed in the gallery space, each earring representing those who have not been given the proper attention or justice. This exhibition will provide a space of solidarity, supported by additional materials and media, such as letters to missing women from their loved ones and an original painting by Nani Chacon. The remainder of the space will be left unoccupied, leaving conceptual space for the missing and the murdered. Sing Our Rivers Red illuminates that Water is the source of life and so are women. We need to sing our rivers red to remember the lives lost and those that are metaphorically drowning in injustices.
This exhibition will be accompanied by complementary events, including a sewing circle at which participants will have an opportunity to sew donated earrings onto a blanket for the next phase of this traveling exhibition. There will also be a screening of the documentary film Finding Dawn, by Christine Welsh. Scheduling details for these events are pending.
The exhibition opens with an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 6, 4:30-6:30 pm and runs through Friday, Oct. 19. The Goudi’ni Gallery is located on 17th street and Union street, on the ground floor of the HSU Behavioral and Social Sciences Building. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 12-5, Thursday and Friday 12-7 (12-8 for Arts! Arcata), Saturday and Sunday 12-5. For more information about the gallery and for persons who wish to request disability accommodations, please call the gallery office at 707.826.3629, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For parking information, please visit humboldt.edu/parking.