The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg may be closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its latest exhibit is available for online viewing. Titled “Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence 2,” the exhibit features work by amateur and professional artists. It’s the follow-up to a one-day exhibition held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in November 2018, and it aims to bring the issue of domestic abuse to the wider public. In a news release, gallery curator Ray Dirks—who organized the exhibit alongside abuse survivor Zita Somakoko—described “Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence 2” as an important exhibition. “As submissions have come in I’ve been moved deeply by the wording that has accompanied many,” Dirks said in the release. “‘Here is my art, here is the description, I am an artist, I have never painted before…’ Then, ending with ‘I am a survivor of domestic violence.’” Visit cmu.ca/gallery to view the exhibit.
—By Aaron Epp
“Can’t See For Looking,” a piece that artist Jane Gateson made using mixed media on paper, is part of MHC Gallery’s “Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence 2” exhibition. (Image courtesy of Instagram.com/mhcgallery)