auto-mnemonic six nations
April 4th - May 10, 2008
Greg Staats (b. 1963, Ohsweken, Ontario) has lived and worked in Toronto since 1985. He is a photographer and video maker who draws on a traditional Mohawk restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity inherent in relationships. Staats has developed projects around the notions of animose (full of spirit), errance (wandering with purpose), the performative aspect of objects, and repetition; more recently he has explored his family archive which includes images, sound recordings, diaries and various other documents. Staats resultant videos are contemplative and require viewers to adapt to the rhythms of the natural world. A work in this vein depicts boreal markers on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, the artist's birthplace.
Video interview by Tania Willard with Greg Staats, 11:46. Click here to launch.
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