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Meryl McMaster, Aphoristic Currents (detail), 2013, chromogenic print, edition 2 of 5, Collection of John Cook

Meryl McMaster: Confluence

Meryl McMaster: Confluence

Organized and circulated by Carleton University Art Gallery

Curated by Heather Anderson

April 21 – June 11

Artist Talk: Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 pm

Confluence is the first survey of McMaster’s distinctive self-portraits, which draw on the practices of sculpture, performance, and photography.

Meryl McMaster’s potent, alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An individual of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. The three bodies of work in Confluence collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice, with its recurrent thematic threads.

Confluence is accompanied by a publication with essays by Gabrielle Moser and cheyanne turions, as well as an interview with McMaster by Heather Anderson.

Watch a video about Meryl: http://www.richmondartgallery.org/exhibition/confluence/

 

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