A celebrated contemporary artist of Anishinaabe origin, born in Upsala, Ontario and now living in Montreal, Quebec, Belmore’s multi-disciplinary practice includes photography, sculpture, video and performance. The forceful performances and material metaphors that have won Belmore wide critical acclaim in the contemporary art world reach beyond the specific events or traditions at their origin while remaining firmly rooted in them. From her first exhibitions in the early 1990s, Belmore’s work set the stage for a new generation of artists whose work reflects their aboriginal identities while challenging and transcending cultural stereotypes. Achieving communicative resonance in the crucible of history and present day experience, Belmore’s art draws us into the pressing issues of today’s world, among these the balance of nature in the face of resource exploitation and the process of enduring injustices.
Rebecca Belmore has had numerous solo exhibitions including Rising to the Occasion, Vancouver Art Gallery (2008); The Named and the Unnamed, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver and Art Gallery of Ontario (2002), and 33 Pieces, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga (2001). Belmore is the recipient of the Governor General’s award in Visual Arts and Media (2013) and was Canada’s representative to the Venice Biennial (2005).
She is interviewed by Kristen Fahrig for this program.