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Shelley Niro, Taste of Heaven


Shelley Niro, Taste of Heaven. 1999

Taste of Heaven,  a solo exhibition by artist Shelley Niro.  Integral to the exhibition was visual memory landscape as symbol.  Particularly cogent to aboriginal peoples in a contemporary context, visual memory landscape is an important touchstone vital to the healing process.  It is through our ability to confront and acknowledge grievances, suffering, achievements, successes and contributions that we are able to advance both our individual and collective healing.  For more than 500 years, aboriginal peoples have been relegated to the margins of mainstream society, manipulated and packaged into a Fourth world concept and made to feel displaced in our own homeland.  Although many aboriginal peoples are still trapped in a state of denial, with poverty playing a significant role maintaining this mind-set, many others like Niro, are negotiating a way out of the grieving cycle.

Robert Houle, Palisade

Robert Houle, Palisade. 1999

Co-presented with AKA Gallery, this was the first solo exhibition in Saskatchewan for this senior First Nations artist.  Originally from Manitoba, now based in Toronto,  Houle created new work for the exhibition, dealing with the spread of small pox among native people as a form of planned genocide.  The exhibition also included a digitally produced image mounted on a billboard across from the gallery.  In addition to Saskatoon, the billboard was presented in Prince Albert and Estevan through collaboration with the Estevan National Exhibition Centre and The Little Gallery.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, An Indian Shooting the Indian Act.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, An Indian Shooting the Indian Act. 1999

An Indian Shooting the Indian Act is an installation by Coastal Salish artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.  The show is an installation of a performance originally done in England in the Spring of 1998.  The exhibition consisted of a number of Framed Indian Act Documents, which have been shot with a shotgun by the artist.  There was also a video component to the piece and plans distribute the Indian Act to various government agencies, ministers, etc.  Mr. Paul was present at the opening of this exhibition and gave and artist talk.  Tribe was proud to debut a new documentary about Lawrence Paul produced by the National Film Board (Yuxweluptun Man of Masks).  This was the first time this documentary was screened by the public.

Brandlee LaRocque and Kevin Kelly, Land Shift

Brandlee LaRocque and Kevin Kelly, Land Shift. 1999

Tribe in partnership with AKA Gallery present Land Shift.  The exhibition dealt with land use and issues surrounding changes in human relationships to the land. LaRocques sculpural installation used found objects combined with traditional hide stretchers, in reference to the Aboriginal tradition of adaptation.