In this episode of the Red Man Laughing Podcast we sit down with Christi Belcourt, a Metis visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people. The majority of her work explores and celebrates the beauty of the natural world. We really wanted to talk with Christi about her incredible vision behind the "Walking With Our Sisters" moccassin vamp project which took North America by storm this past spring & summer.
The project is a a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,600+ moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. The work exists as a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps.
The project is set to open its first exhibition in Edmonton (Oct 2-14) at the Telus Atrium at the University of Alberta and it's booked to exhibit around North America through 2019. Yes. 2019. Six years from now.