• Artist: Bekah Brown
  • Medium: Multimedia Installation
  • Project Type: Special Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

A dynamic light installation depicting the northern lights is created by Bekah Brown, an artist of Anishinaabe descent who grew up on Dene territory.

Location

CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge

  • Address: 15 Queen St. W.
    (This project is viewable from street level on Queen St.)
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
  • Content: Family friendly
  • Schedule: There will be a ceremonial performance viewable from Queen St. at 7:00pm and at 6:30am inside the bridge.

The Project

"Chasing Red" is an interactive dynamic light installation depicting the northern lights, which will be housed in CF Toronto Eaton Centre bridge. The installation will create a space of solace while honouring Indigenous cultures. In Anishinaabe culture, the northern lights are a manifestation of Spirit Moon, the first moon of the year. It is a time of reflection, of contemplating who we are and our role in the continuum of life. In Dene culture, red in the northern lights indicates a violent death. "Chasing Red" will consist primarily of green lighting with red breaking through periodically to acknowledge and honour missing and murdered Indigenous women. The jingle dance, a sacred dance that respects the healing power of women and their connection to Mother Earth, will be performed at sunset and sunrise to the sounds of drum groups’ singing. These performances will effectively dissipate the red light as a symbol of hope for necessary healing.

The Artist

  • Bekah Brown, Toronto, Canada

Bekah Brown is continually learning her Anishinaabe culture, using her creative practices to connect and to heal. She aims to use her privilege as a white-presenting Anishinaabe woman to amplify the voices of Indigenous women. She also wants to use the platforms she can access to foreground issues Indigenous people continue to face.

Acknowledgements

  • Sponsored by

The artist thanks HXOUSE for the emerging artist mentorship program. Special thanks to Jijanhdah (B. Kelly Curley), member of the Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan, Six Nations, for sharing his knowledge.