University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
May 1 - August 4, 2019
Curator: Gaëlle Morel
Wearing various designed costumes, sculptural garments, makeup, and custom-made props, Meryl McMaster examines the overlapping cultures and histories of both her Indigenous and European ancestors in this series of performative self-portraits. Documented at ancient sites in Saskatchewan and the shores of early settlement in Ontario and Newfoundland, her images originate from her interpretation and reenactment of patrimonial stories told by relatives, knowledge keepers, and friends. McMaster’s otherworldly personas pose theatrically in front of these majestic panoramas, speaking to how inherited historical narratives inform her dual identity.
The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Wednesday, May 1
7 pm - 11 pm
Artist and Curator in Conversation: Meryl McMaster with Gaëlle Morel
Wednesday, June 5
Daily 2:30 pm
All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted
A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival