WAG Hosts Memorial for Murdered Manitoba Women
The Winnipeg Art Gallery in partnership with the Family Violence Consortium of Manitoba will host the 8th annual Silent Witness Project Memorial on Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30am to 1pm. Each of the 19 life-sized silhouettes in this exhibition represents a Manitoba woman who was murdered by her intimate partner. In each case, the woman’s partner has been convicted of the murder or both have died in a murder/suicide. A single silhouette represents women whose partners’ cases are still before the courts or who have not yet been charged. Because these women no longer have a voice, the silhouettes are called the Silent Witnesses.
During the Memorial, speakers will address the issue of domestic violence and the families in attendance may speak about their lost member. A light lunch will follow.
The Memorial is funded by National Victims of Crime Awareness Week and is presented by the Family Violence Consortium of Manitoba. Domestic violence is a major social concern in our society and the mission of the Silent Witness Project envelops ideas of remembrance, awareness, and action against this violence. It also raises awareness that help is available through the numerous agencies of the Family Violence Consortium.
This event is held in conjunction with the WAG exhibition Off the Beaten Path: Women, Violence and Art, continuing until April 20.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.
For more information, please contact:
Debra Fehr, Manager, Communications and Marketing
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