Rebecca Belmore (20/11/12)

November 20, 2012
A woman with short salt-and-pepper hair wearing a grey sweatshirt reading THANK YOU in red letters stands in front of a brownstone wall.


Rebecca Belmore is an internationally recognized Anishinabe artist whose work draws on history, place, identity and justice through sculpture, installation, video and performance. She has an extensive resume of exhibitions and honours, which includes being Canada’s official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale as well as having been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in that same year. She has recently been commissioned by La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and Musagetes to undertake a research and production residency this fall and spring in Sudbury, Ontario. More…

“My way of working is largely based on immediate experience,” Belmore has written. “The performances I have created over the years often directly responded to the place in which I found myself. Location and memory are key elements in my approach to making art. I have always had a strong interest in trying to imagine where we have been.”
Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. In 1993 she moved from Toronto back to her family’s home territory in the Sioux Lookout area of Ontario, marking the beginning of an intense search to gather knowledge of the land, the language and the history of the Anishinabe people that she felt she’d missed. Rebecca Belmore currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.