Film: Shelley Niro Series 1
Past event archive
25 April 2013, 19:00-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
- Film||Late Shift
2005, Shelley Niro
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Shelley Niro is a multi-disciplinary artist and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Her work explores notions of identity, power, sexuality, and society. Her aesthetics are doused with humour, play, adornment, and kitsch. Spend an evening with Shelley Niro discussing her work and introducing screenings of her short films.
It Starts with a Whisper
A young woman exploring her identity and cultural foundations goes on a mythic journey led by three "spirit aunties."
1993, 28 minutes
Featuring photographer Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, the artist makes an ironic comment on Native history through T-shirt slogans.
2003, 6 minutes
Tree pays homage to the “Keep America Beautiful” campaign that screened on American TV in the 1970s and is an evocative treatise against warfare and environmental destruction.
2005, 5 minutes
Featuring Mohawk dancer Santee Smith in a cathartic dance improvisation that emphasizes the body’s role in defining the space required for negotiating our sense of self.
2007, 3 minutes
Mars Thunderchild Gets a Calling
This short film expresses the challenges embodied in contemporary Native North American society.
1995, 13 minutes
Shelley Niro's works of art can be found in collections including the Museum of Civilization, the Contemporary Photography Museum of Canada, the Portrait Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, and the National Museum of the American Indian. She has participated in the Women in The Director's Chair Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts, 2003. In the fall of 2006, Shelley was selected to be a fellow with Women in Film and GM Accelerator Grants. In 2012 Shelley became the Aboriginal Laureaute to receive the Aboriginal Arts Award through the Ontario Arts Council.
Part of the George Catlin: American Indian Portraits season of events.