A Study of Indian-Ness

January 6 – 28, 2006
Exhibition, Artist Talk

About the Program

In A Study of Indian-Ness, Jeff Thomas looks at the form of the book and the genre of romance novels to raise questions about identity and the contemporary experience of himself as an urban Iroquois. Whether photographing First Nations tourists wearing T-shirts and logo-emblazoned hats at Ottawa monuments—where they stand in contrast to the trumped-up figuration of bronze statuary and the heavy-handed bias of authoritative plaques—or assembling Harlequin romances featuring the eroticized figures of bare-chested First Nations men, Thomas exposes the biases of the imagery that routinely distorts history and memory around First Nations identity as it is expressed in the public and popular realms. A Study of Indian-Ness was a touring exhibition by Toronto's Galley 44, curated by Richard Hill. An artist talk was presented on January 28, 2006.


Daina Warren


2006.0106 STU


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