For too long the names and faces of so many missing and murdered women in Canada have gone unspoken, and forgotten by the media and the greater population. It has been through public outcry at the discovery of serial murderer Willy Pickton, and the grassroots groups that have kept record and memory of these lost souls that the Government of Canada has recognized the pandemic of our missing women. Bureaucratic red tape has tied up resources for investigation of these cases, preventing justice from being actualized.
Matson and Edwards seek to honour these women in their collaborative piece, Between The Reeds. Their works pay homage through visceral soundscape and video installation. They explore the risk of the daily life of many women in the Downtown East-Side of Vancouver, and across the country: risk associated with the colour of their skin, the visibility of their class, and the discrimination of their labour.