2011, Canada, 52 min, Digital Beta, G
Director: Shelley Niro
Presented as part of:
Oct 22 2011, 1:00PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
As elegant and articulate as its subject, Robert’s Paintings examines the life and career of artist, curator, educator and cultural theorist Robert Houle. Houle’s work is, as W. Jackson Rushing has written, “notable for its sensual formalism and sensitivity to materials and their symbolic properties.” Houle draws from the long and sophisticated visual tradition of First Nations cultures, demonstrating their currency in contemporary art milieus. He also draws on Western art conventions to tackle lingering aspects of European colonization of First Nations people. His vast body of work represents a profound discourse on politics and aesthetics central to Indigenous ways of being, knowing and relating to complex philosophies and histories of oppression, resistance and sovereignty.
Niro’s beautiful and compelling documentary paints an intimate portrait of this hugely influential and important artist, widely recognized for his role in the recovery and recontextualization of Canadian Indigenous heritage through art.
Shelley Niro is a Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and belongs to the Turtle Clan. Niro is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work has shown internationally.
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