Reclamation was created during a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. During the course of my residency I frequently visited the shoreline, digging into the sand and recording the waves of Lake Ontario with a hydrophone in an attempt to reconnect and intervene with the water, land and self.
Reclamation by Melissa General is presented in collaboration with Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene, an exhibition curated by Nina Czegledy and Jane Tingley on display at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener from January 23-September 7, 2020. themuseum.ca
Images courtesy of the artist.
Melissa General is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and completed an MFA degree at York University. Working in photography, installation and video, the focus of her practice has been on concepts involving memory, history and land. Her artwork has been exhibited in venues including Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Gallery 101, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary photography and has been included in the 2016 Contemporary Native Art Biennial in Montréal.