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Moving the Landscape to Find Ground – Screening Shelley Niro’s “The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw”

2023-03-28 @ 18:00 - 20:00

Clusters: Post Image

Post Image is pleased to present a Screening + Q+A with director Shelley Niro as part of the Moving the Landscape to Find Ground series. 

When? March 28th from 6pm-8pm

Where? DeSeve Cinema (1400 de, Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8).

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Mitzi Bearclaw is an indigenous woman who reluctantly returns to home to help her father care for her bitter mother, but ends up discovering boys, drinking, life and honor.


Artist Bio:

Shelley Niro is a Bay of Quinte Mohawk, member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Turtle clan.

Niro attended a graphic arts course for a while at Durham College in Oshawa, concentrating on photography, drawing and art history. Years later Niro went to Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She graduated with Honours. In 2019 she was honoured with an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and Design University.

Shelley was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017 Niro received the Governor General’s Award For The Arts from Canada Council, the Scotiabank Photography Award and the Hnatsyshyn Foundation Reveal Award. She became an honorary elder in the Indigenous Curatorial Collective. In 2019 Niro was the Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography.

Niro has recently completed film production on a film, CAFE DAUGHTER. Niro’s film work has received support from Telefilm Canada, the Indigenous Screen Office, Ontario Creates and The Northern Ontario Film Office.

Recent Niro exhibitions: A Good Long Look: Branden, Manitoba at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba; Dunlop Art Gallery,Regina, Saskatchewan; Shelley Niro: women, land, river: at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Something Cold and Hard Like Winter: The Robert Langen Art Gallery,Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Kitchener and Greater New York: at PS1 MOMA, New York. Boundless: Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor Ontario.


Post Image – Moving the Landscape to Find Ground Speaker Series:

Moving the Landscape to Find Ground is a cycle of artist talks and artist residencies which takes place from September 2022 until May 2023. This series is built from a shared ambition to break open lens-based practices via the interrogation of the colonial prism through which photography exists. We are inviting conversation among all communities impacted by the colonial gaze.

If you wish to see the rest of the talks, please visit our programming section, sign up to our newsletter at www.postimage.ca or follow us on Instagram @post.image.cluster.

Our programming is in collaboration with the Indigenous Futures Research Centre, the Feminist Media Studio and the Black Perspectives Office. This project is generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Milieux Institute for Arts and Culture and Concordia University’s OVPRGS (Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies).


18:00 - 20:00
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DeSeve Cinema
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 Canada
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