"No More Stolen Sisters" (2023) by Nick Alan and Kelsey Mata
About the Project
The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) embraces the intersection of art and advocacy through several partnerships. Most recently, NIWRC considered artists to create an MMIW-inspired piece for this year’s National Week of Action for MMIW.
Artist Nick Alan Foote was eventually chosen to create an MMIW piece as a collaborative project alongside his sister, fellow artist Kelsey Mata, as the supporting NIWRC staff member.
All net proceeds go towards NIWRC's mission to end violence against Native women and children by providing culturally grounded resources, training, technical assistance, and policy development. Join us in saying enough is enough.
About the Artwork
Native communities continue to face the highest rates of assault, abduction, and murder of women; American Indian and Alaska Native women suffer the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault, with more than 4 in 5 — a staggering 84.3% — having experienced violence in their lifetime. In addition, 96% of American Indian and Alaska Native female victims of sexual violence experienced violence at the hands of a non-Native perpetrator (i.e., individuals of other races). The most disparate rates of intimate partner violence are experienced 50% higher by Native Hawaiian women aged 45-59 years old than non-Hawaiian women (12.6% vs. 21%). 64% of survivors of sex trafficking in Hawaii identify as being part Native Hawaiian. This violence continues to be multilayered, occurring over a lifetime.
The pervasiveness of this injustice represents a dire need to (1) address the systemic barriers that allow this horrific reality to persist and (2) amplify the voices of advocates and families that work tirelessly to share their stories, demanding justice and the restoration of safety.
In response to the critical and ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis across the nation, the creation of No More Stolen Sisters was undertaken with the intentional reflection on what has persisted for generations and what it means to stand in solidarity with the daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunties who were taken from their nations and communities.
The piece employs a triadic color scheme of red, violet, and purple to symbolize the spectrum of violence experienced by Native women and children across Tribal nations and Native Hawaiian communities. The use of bold, highly saturated colors serves to underscore the severity, the harsh reality, faced by many families and peoples. The colors cannot be ignored or unseen. They are assertive and strong, evocative of the unwavering voices of advocates who refuse to be silent.
This artwork portrays a Native woman adorned in her robe regalia, holding a feather across her chest with a resolute countenance and stance that conveys a message shared by all advocates: "Enough is enough."
About the Artists
"No More Stolen Sisters" (2023), created by Nick Alan and Kelsey Mata (Tlingit, Taakw.aaneidí), was produced through digital collaboration despite their geographic separation of over 2,000 miles. The artists, a creative sibling duo, engaged in an extended process of reflection and discussion regarding the impact of the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) on their hometown in Southeast Alaska, sharing multiple drafts and compositions over a period of several months.
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