“150 ACTS: ART, ACTIVISM, IMPACT”
ART GALLERY OF GUELPH September 14 to February 11
Drawing from the gallery’s collection of Indigenous art and timed to coincide with Canada’s sesquicentennial, this exhibition aims to prompt reflection about the relationship between nationhood and Indigeneity in Canada. Director Shauna Mccabe believes art and politics cannot be separated.
SHAUNA MCCABE: Shelley Niro explores mythmaking and storytelling through portraiture in her series Ghosts, Girls, Grandmas. Ghost imagery recurs in her work to provide alternative readings to historical events, to trouble the boundary between past, present and future. The wampum frame and the Þgure with its psychic double hovering over his shoulder signify Iroquois ancient histories that are ßuid in their telling of time.
Michael Massie is a carver and silversmith who is renowned for his teapot sculptures. They highlight tensions between the organic and the domestic through iconography from Inuit culture blurred with European traditions. The humour enhances the participatory dimension of the tea ceremony.
In his larger-than-life performance-portrait series Masks, Arthur Renwick asked Indigenous artists, writers and thinkers to create masks of their own faces. Each of these performersñin this case, Rebecca Belmoreñ considers the difþcult relationship between themselves and how Indigenous people have been represented, then mock it in this playful yet critical way.
FROM TOP: Shelley Niro Ghost 2004 Michael Massie let me whip you up a cup of tea 2007