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Each of Melissa Gen­eral’s works are made on—and ref­er­ence her con­nec­tion to—six Na­tions of the Grand River ter­ri­tory. As a Six Na­tions mem­ber cur­rently liv­ing in Toronto, Gen­eral cen­tres her prac­tice on con­nec­tion to place and re­la­tion­ship to land. In her 2015 work Nite­waké:non, Gen­eral ex­am­ines the con­stant pull she feels to re­turn home. Un­earthing a long bolt of red cloth she had buried, Gen­eral wrapped her­self in the cloth, breath­ing in con­nec­tion with the knowl­edge held in the land. The se­ries of pho­to­graphs that make up the work show Gen­eral wrapped in the cloth, stand­ing among the bushes, on the land of her an­ces­tors. As she smells and feels and sees the land, Gen­eral ac­ti­vates its mem­o­ries and its knowl­edge, ac­knowl­edg­ing those who call her back to Six Na­tions.

Melissa Gen­eral Nite­waké:non (de­tail) 2015 C-print Di­men­sions vari­able COUR­TESY HARBOURFRONT CEN­TRE

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