Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Shelley Niro: The T-Shirt
November 20, 2004 - January 16, 2005
In her video The T-Shirt, Mohawk artist and filmmaker Shelley Niro examines the history of European colonialism in North American from the perspective of First Nations people.The T-Shirt is a darkly ironic account, presented through the succinct medium of t-shirt texts.
In this video, Niro examines the lingering consequences of colonialism, alerting us to the ongoing cultural implications of Western globalization. The t-shirt represents that packaging and marketing of the tragic history of colonialism, and it’s absorption into the broader narratives of Western culture. Through her work, Niro presents identity as a fluid and complex state that is affected by tradition, family history, and mass culture.