Melissa General: Kéyahre: I Remember


August 24 – November 24, 2013

General’s emerging photographic practice furthers the exploration of identity and place as it relates to growing up as a woman on the First Nations Reserve.

Kéyahre: I Remember features a series of photographs by Melissa General.

The artist writes, “As a woman currently living in an urban environment and possessing more knowledge about my culture, I am now faced with the challenge of better understanding where I belong. Living in Toronto has presented me with many opportunities but it has also provided me with a greater appreciation of my family and community back home. ”

Kéyahre: I Remember addresses the personal challenges of identity as a First Nations person who lives “off-reserve” and maintains a strong attachment to their heritage and “home”. Childhood dresses sewn by my Mother create a dialog about my past and present relationship to Six Nations and where I belong.”

Melissa General is an Oneida from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory near Brantford, Ontario. Concepts involving her First Nations heritage, identity construction and self-exploration have been a focus in her practice. She studied photography at OCAD and completed her MFA at York University.

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