Meryl McMaster: Confluence
Curated by Heather Anderson
02 May – 28 August 2016
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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 will tour and is accompanied by a publication with essays by Gabrielle Moser and cheyanne turions, as well as an interview with McMaster by Heather Anderson.