Jaime Black | between us

November 9, 2021- February 25, 2022

Curated by Toni Shapiro-Phim

woman in red garment dancing in the woods, the ground is covered in snow

Water. Stone. Twigs. Bodies. The color red. These elements appear throughout Jaime Black’s exhibition, between us, honoring the interdependence between humankind and the natural and spiritual worlds. The artist, of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish descent, focuses special attention on Indigenous women’s potency in all these realms as nurturers, as trust-builders, as knowledge-holders and knowledge-givers.

The photographs, video and poems on display tell stories alongside empty red dresses, which hang facing the four cardinal directions, dresses that, with their absence of bodies, allude to the thousands of Indigenous women and girls who have been missing or murdered across North America. Elsewhere on campus, clusters of such dresses will appear, a re-creation of Black’s renowned REDress Project, reminding us of the gendered and racialized violence experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States. These dresses, along with Black's other work in the exhibition, ask us to consider ways to confront such injustice, while celebrating beauty, and reverencing women as the weavers of, as Black says, “the threads that bind and sustain us.”

Students in Brandeis’ “Introduction to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation” course have collaborated with Jaime Black, situating and contextualizing red dresses in specific campus locations. 

Brandeis University is located on territories originally inhabited and stewarded by Indigenous Nipmuc, Pawtucket, and Massachusett peoples.  


Anti-Racism from an Indigenous Perspective | Claudia Fox Tree

October 28, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 pm (ET)

In conjunction with artist Jaime Black's exhibition, between us, Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein), who is affiliated with the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, will discuss implicit bias and stereotypes from her perspective as an Indigenous educator.

Sponsored by CAST, the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, and the Women’s Studies Research Center.


Artist Lecture | Jaime Black

November 9, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 pm (ET)

Canadian Métis artist Jaime Black (of Anishinaabe and Finnish descent) will discuss her exhibition in the Kniznick Gallery, between us, which builds on her earlier and much-acclaimed REDress Project, focused on the scourge of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada. 

Sponsored by CAST and the Women’s Studies Research Center.


Waltham Public Library Book Club Meeting | Polly O. Walker

January 24, 2022

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Members of the Waltham and Brandeis communities are invited to join a virtual Waltham Public Library book club conversation. Dr. Polly O. Walker (of Cherokee descent) will facilitate a discussion of renowned novelist Louis Erdrich’s The Round House. A story of a family on an Ojibwa reservation in North Dakota, it chronicles the aftermath of the rape of a Native American woman. Both the crime and the pursuit of justice are world-shattering.

This event will be held virtually Participants will be informed about Jaime Black’s exhibition, between us, being held at the Brandeis University Kniznick Gallery, located in the Women's Studies Research Center.

Sponsored by the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation minor and the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.

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