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Short animations by a local artist a window on homelessness in Brandon


October 21, 2022

Brandon artist and educator Chris Reid presents a window into the realities of homelessness in Brandon in his latest project Twig, a series of animated shorts.

Reid will present his animations at a public lecture at Brandon University (BU) on Thursday, October 27. Her work addresses the stigma of homelessness and gives a voice to those who are often not heard or listened to in their communities.

The animations are based on interviews Reid conducted in 2020 with homeless people in Brandon. Interviews were conducted in person at the Brandon Safe and Warm Drop-In Center and the Community Health and Housing Association drop-in room.

This latest project stems from his previous work featured in Nothing Smells in Absolute Zero, an exhibition on the subject of homelessness in Brandon, which opened at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in April 2021.

The Reid animations that will be screened at this event are still in progress. They include musical soundtracks composed by Brandon sound artist Brendon Ehinger.

In addition to her work as an instructor at BU’s Ishkaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Visual Arts Department, Reid works for the Community Health and Housing Association, where she is developing a sober living center. She graduated from the University of Alberta and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she specialized in painting and drawing. She has exhibited across Canada and the United States.

The event is sponsored by the English, Drama & Creative Writing Literary Exchange at BU and will take place in room 104 of Clark Hall from noon to 12:40 p.m.

The Literary Exchange Lecture Series is supported by the Office of the Dean of Arts and the Department of English, Drama, and Creative Writing at Brandon University.

The lecture series is an ongoing interdisciplinary project featuring writers, scholars and artists working in the creative arts. For more information contact Dale Lakevold in English, Drama and Creative Writing at 204-727-7413 or [email protected]. Lakevold can also be contacted for any accessibility questions.