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Centre3 for Print and Media Arts presents the exhibition:

M: Stories of Women
By Shelley Niro

A series of digital photomontages curated by Sally Frater

Public Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 7 – 10 pm
JAN 11 – FEB 23, 2013

M: Stories of Women is a series of 12 large-scale digital photomontages. The imagery incorporates elements of portraiture, myth and irony to contest prevailing stereotypes. Niro began the series with the legend of Skywoman, as she felt that the heroine's predicament was not so different from the experiences of her contemporary counterparts. "Skywoman found herself in a difficult position yet managed to land on her feet and keep moving," says Niro. The legend tells that Skywoman originally lived in the sky and fell to the earth while reaching for a drink of water from the Forbidden Tree of Life and plummeted toward Turtle Island. Though the legend portrays her fall to earth as happenstance, in Niro's images she is depicted wearing an aviator's cap and flying goggles, which convey that she has a certain degree of control over her particular circumstances.

M: Stories of Women evolved into portraits of women – the artist along with relatives and friends – facing different situations at various stages in their lives. By creating large-scale, mural-like compositions, the artist monumentalizes what is commonly deemed as inconsequential. The exhibition pays homage to the roles that women occupy in First Nations society, while acknowledging both history and the realities of contemporary life.

Based in Brantford, Ontario, Shelley Niro (MFA) is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Mohawk, Turtle Clan. An internationally renowned multi-media artist and filmmaker, Niro is the first laureate of the new Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art with honours in visual arts and received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. In 2001, she became an Eiteljorg recipient at the Museum of Western and Indian Arts, Indiana, Indianapolis. She has participated in the Women in The Director's Chair Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts, 2003. In 2006, Niro was selected to be a fellow with Women in Film and GM Accelerator Grants. Her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery and the Contemporary Photography Museum of Canada and the Portrait Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, The Rockwell Museum, Corning New York, the University of Seattle Library, and the National Museum of the American Indian, as well as in numerous private collections.

For information contact Ingrid Mayrhofer at 905 524 2415, communityarts@centre3.com
www.centre3.com

173 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 2K9
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

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