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Artist Talk: Michael Belmore

Time and Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024, 6pm – 6:30pm

Location: 2nd floor, Art Windsor-Essex, 401 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor

Cost: $10 gallery admission. AWE is always free for current AWE members and for Treaty Card Indian Status and Métis Card Holders.

This event is part of AWE at Night.

Michael Belmore uses a variety of materials and processes that at times may seem disjointed, yet, the reality is that together his work and processes speak about the environment, about land, about water, and what it is to be Anishinaabe.

Michael was recently commissioned by Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) to create a work of art that will be installed at the Canadian Port of Entry at the Gordie Howe International Bridge. His work is also featured at AWE in the exhibition, Love Languages, curated by Julie Rae Tucker.

“As an Anishinaabe, I see my work as animate, as having agency and memory. I consider my practice as being a kind of collaboration between human and materials, between human lifetime and geological time, or deep time. My work situates itself within the community; they are mnemonic, they are vessels that offer a narrative, a discourse that gives insight into our collective histories.” — Michael Belmore

Image courtesy of the artist.

Meet the Artist: Michael Belmore

Michael Belmore’s work and processes speak about the environment, land, water, and what it is to be Anishinaabe. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), he completed his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2019. Practicing for over 30 years, Belmore is an internationally-recognized artist and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian Institute. Recent exhibitions include Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON; Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA; and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY.

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