Somewhere Else

© E. Rojas, 2010

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© E. Rojas, 2010

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Somewhere Else

Exhibition
September 12 – October 17, 2015

Opening
Saturday, September 12 at 5 pm

Commented Visit
Saturday, October 17 at 2 pm

 

as part of VIVA! Art Action performance art festival

For her guest solo exhibition at OBORO, Rebecca Belmore draws from the documentation of past performances as a point of departure for creating new sculptural works, investigating notions of presence and absence. Situated somewhere between the live experience and the existing documentation, this exhibition is a research on the endurance of an image over an action. “I never paid much attention to the documentation of my performances, I was too focussed and concerned about being present and making the work. The documentation that I do have exists because of others, usually my hosts. Some of this material is good, some not so good. It is what it is, and I have made much use of it, especially in the context of the artist talk. The documentation of these artworks, captured usually by one point of view, one solitary lens has oddly become stronger than my own memory of the lived experience, especially the earlier works. Through the practice of projecting these images and speaking of them over and over again – places me, the artist in the position of performer once more – somehow present and distant at the same time."

OBORO is honoured to host Rebecca Belmore 20 years after her performance and artworks for the exhibition and book Indian Princesses and Cowgirls: Stereotypes from the Frontier, curated by Marilyn Burgess and Gail Guthrie Valaskakis, in 1995.

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Rebecca Belmore

Rebecca Belmore (Anishnaabe) is a member of the Lac Seul First Nation at Frenchman's Head, Ontario. Born in Upsala, Ontario, Canada in 1960, she currently resides in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rebecca Belmore’s disarmingly elegant works represent and engage the resistance of Indigenous peoples. Her performances, sculptures, videos, photographs and installations evoke the connections between bodies, land, and language, and the violence that colonialism has enacted upon them. Whether a vigil for missing women in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, or a photograph of a deep scar, healed and adorned with beads, her work is imbued with ritual that plays out on the body, on the land and in the elements. Belmore’s work is firmly rooted in the current political and social realities of Aboriginal communities, but its power and poetry resonate worldwide. Belmore represented Canada at the Venice Biennale's Canadian Pavilion in 2005. She was recently the winner of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2013), and she has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.