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The photographs and paintings of four Artists from Six Nations are presented in an exhibition aptly titled Four From Six.
Artist and curator Shelley Niro has gathered works which heighten contemporary perspectives emerging from ancestral knowledge and an oppressive social and political history, while seeking to assist in the formation of a positive cultural, social and political future.
Within the circular fabric of this dialogue, Elliott Doxtater-Wynn layers dream-like visions as metaphysical interpretations of contemporary life. Jay Carrier challenges the misconceptions and stereotypes of Native America particularly surrounding the construct of the “urban Indian”. Brenda Mitten‘s photography records the community of Six Nations on an everyday basis. Tracey Anthony explores the visual narratives of archetypal heroes and anti-heroes in order to deconstruct cultural stereotypes.
The artists in collaboration with the curator have worked to confront and transgress Aboriginal art expectations and have created a conversation that explores and scrutinizes cultural stereotypes related to nostalgic echoes of a more natural landscape and traditional community, visions and dream-states, contemporary and urban Indigenous personas, and the recent political tensions such as that surrounding the Six Nations land claims related to Caledonia and the Haldimand tract. The artists have used unconventional media, individual perspectives, and descriptive imagery to express a vision of both resistance and future possibilities.
Join us for an Opening Reception in the Oreintation Room at Woodland Cultural Centre on Saturday, August 11 at 2:30pm.
This exhibition will be displayed in the E. Judy Harris Gallery of the Woodland Cultural Centre during Planet IndigenUS and through October 7, 2012.