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Say cheese for mental health

A photography project will show the barriers immigrants face when accessing mental health care in Canada.

Ogai Sherzoi started “Photovoice” as part of her master’s degree in social work at the University of Manitoba. The project uses photographs of five to 10 people, along with their comments and opinions to raise awareness about mental health issues that immigrants and refugees face.

The photos will be a part of an exhibit at Studio Central on Kennedy Street. Those who have lived in Winnipeg for more than two years and have faced mental health issues can participate in the project. For more information contact Sherzoi at umsherzo@

Mapping Identity

Mapping Identity: A Decolonizing Arts Practice Project features work from eight young Winnipeg artists.

The work is a result of a workshop designed and led by Colombian Mestiza interdisciplinary artist Praba Pilar.

The project expresses the inner creativity of urban aboriginal youths and shares their perspectives.

Ideas are captured through mind maps, conceptual maps or maps of personal history.

The exhibit runs until April 16 at the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.

The horror is real

The scene is like something out of a horror movie, but in reality it’s a travelling art exhibit for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Ontario artist Tracey-Mae Chambers’ exhibit “Mine Is But a Tear in the River” showcases staged photographs of various women found in locations where crimes have been committed.

Chambers says she’s concerned with themes of gendered-violence. Through her research, she found these crimes were most often committed against First Nations women.

The exhibit is on display at The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre until April.