In this photo-based installation, First Nations artist Shelley Niro (Mohawk, turtle clan) explores locations of historic battlefields which hold significance for her people. Beginning in her birthplace of New York state, she traces the echoes of previous villages eliminated during the American Revolutionary War and follows the subsequent migration paths to the area now known as the Six Nations near Brantford, Ontario. The final image depicts the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge where many First Nations men died during the First World War. Ms Shelley Niro (MFA 1997) is the first recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Art Award in 2012. Her work is represented in many public art collections including the National Gallery of Canada. This exhibition is on view until March 4, 2017 at the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario.
Photo Credit: Shelley Niro