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A Roomful of Missing Women

October 2004

The College Library invites you to visit this month, to view two thought-provoking displays on the theme of violence to women. They were set up in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month (September) and Women’s History Month (October).

As you walk into the library you will come face to face with portraits of 7 of Vancouver’s Missing Women. These are part of a larger project – titled A Roomful of Missing Women – by local artist and CNC Fine Arts Instructor Betty Kovacic (Ozust). Betty began the project in 2002 in response to news reports about all of the sex trade workers who were disappearing from the downtown eastside in Vancouver.

"I had hoped to work on art that was less intense but the images of the missing women kept haunting me," Betty writes in her Artist Statement. "It seemed as if few cared about the fact that these women were once someone’s daughter, sister, mother, lover or friend. So despite my inner warnings about the emotional costs, I began my project." Betty is creating an installation that will include images of over 50 of the women identified by the Vancouver Missing Women’s Task Force. Their disappearances led to the largest serial killer investigation in Canadian history. Remains of some of the women were recovered in 2002 on Robert Pickton’s pig farm in Port Coquitlam and his trial will take place in the spring of 2005.

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Portraits inspired by pain

Room Full of Missing Women

 

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Updated: August 21, 2016