“For 25 years, she has been confronting audiences with elegant, haunting, and provocative works of art addressing the politics of representation, history, memory and place..." – Jen Budney, Associate curator (nominator)
Rebecca Belmore’s disarmingly elegant works represent and engage the resistance of Indigenous peoples. Her performances, sculptures, videos, photographs and installations evoke the connections between bodies, land, and language, and the violence that colonialism has enacted upon them. Whether a vigil for missing women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside or a photograph of a deep scar, healed and adorned with beads, her work is imbued with ritual that plays out on the body, on the land and in the elements.
Belmore’s work is firmly rooted in the current political and social realities of Aboriginal communities, but its power and poetry resonate worldwide. She has earned international acclaim notably at the Venice Biennale’s Canadian Pavilion where she was the first Aboriginal woman to represent Canada.