Chad Germann - Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

Future location: 710 Hennepin Ave (Pantages Theatre)

Subjects (below): Mother: Valentina Zaragoza, Daughter: Lucia Engstrum-Zaragoza

About the artworkChad Germann portraiture of two indigenous women for "It's the People" artwork

Chad’s portrait is of a mother and daughter from White Earth. The mother is standing behind the daughter, looking straight into the camera with a defiant look in a strong regal pose with her hand over the daughter’s face, suggesting protection and/or threat. The subject wears red, which is the color associated with social justice for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Chad chose this topic as he feels it is pertinent to the Hennepin Theatre District as an issue that touches our downtown but is too often invisible. There are a disproportionate number of indigenous people receiving shelter services in downtown and the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is something he feels needs to be at the forefront of safety and equity conversations for the district.

Meet the artist

Chad Germann is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribe of Minnesota and founder and CEO of Red Circle.

In 2008, Germann was one of five people recognized as Change Agent Honorees as part of The 2008 ADCOLOR® Awards, presented by the ADCOLOR® Industry Coalition. The honorees are from notable companies such as Google, Disney, ESPN Media Networks, USA Today, Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Campbell-Ewald, Carol H. Williams Advertising, DDB, Denuo and many others. In 2011, Germann was named to the NCAIED’s 40 under 40 honoree list.

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