June 3, 2022, (Brantford/Six Nations, ON): The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Sense of Belonging: A Place Called Home. The exhibition features three contemporary Indigenous lens-based women artists whose artistic practice weaves painting, beadwork, and photography to connect the notions of identity, family, community and land. Personal experiences as a modern woman narrate individual journeys through visual storytelling celebrating language, culture and history. Curated by WCC Curator, Patricia Deadman, the interconnectedness and inter-generational artworks are both inspiring and beautiful. The exhibition opens on June 4 and continues to August 13, 2022.
Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences. Throughout her long career, Favell’s work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, Scotland, France, Taiwan and Australia. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and a PhD (ABD) from Carleton University in Cultural Mediations.
Alex Jacobs-Blum, Lower Cayuga Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and German, navigates the Indigenous-colonizer hyphen of her identity through transformative experiential learning and critical self-reflective storytelling. Alex’s work has been exhibited at the University of Ottawa, Woodland Cultural Centre and Critical Distance Centre for Curators and Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. A recipient of the Canon Award of Excellence for Narrative Photography she holds a Bachelor of Photography from Sheridan College (2015) and is currently the Indigenous Curatorial Resident at Hamilton Artist Inc.
Shelby Lisk is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and photographer with roots in Kenhtѐ:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). Shelby explores complicated contemporary issues enmeshed in Indigenous and mixed-race identity by pointing her camera inward as an artist and outward as a journalist to capture people’s connection to culture, land, and one another – especially through stories of Indigenous people in Canada. Shelby holds a degree in Fine Arts, University of Ottawa (2015); a diploma in Photojournalism, Loyalist College (2019) and a certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture from Queen’s University and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (2020).
WCC is a leader in the preservation and celebration of Indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural heritage and is a resource, both nationally and internationally, for cultural Education, Museology, Arts, Languages and Histories for everyone to enjoy. For updates on exhibition programming, please visit our website at woodlandculturalcentre.ca and our social media platforms.
For further inquiries contact:
Kira Gibson, Curatorial Assistant