Film Screening and Discussion
The Shirt and Kissed By Lightning
The Shirt (2003), Film Still, Director, Shelley Niro
Kissed By Lightning (2009), producer & director, Shelley Niro
Event: Artist Discussion & Film Screening (The Shirt and Kissed By Lightning)
When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Moore Hall Auditorium, Moore Hall – UNCP
In conjunction with the 3rd Biennial Contemporary Native American Arts Series, The A.D. Gallery will host a skype discussion with contemporary multi-disciplinary artist Shelley Niro. The artist will briefly discuss her work followed by a Q & A session with audience members. The conversation will take place in Moore Hall between screenings of The Shirt and Kissed By Lightning.
The Shirt (2003)
Featuring photographer Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Niro parodies the archetypal tourist tee-shirt from the point of view of First Nations Peoples as an exploration into the lasting effects of European colonialism in North America. Facing the camera directly and poised against the landscape of "America" as a backdrop, an Aboriginal woman with biker-like accessories bears a sequential series of statements on her tee-shirt that together comprise a discourse on colonialism.
Kissed By Lightning (2009)
Mavis Dogblood is a Mohawk painter who keeps the memory of her deceased husband Jessie Lightning alive through the recreation of stories he would tell her. Jessie was a musician whose compositions continues to haunt Mavis. Mavis has a potential lover waiting for her to absolve her grief and continue in the world of the living. Mavis is delivering a series of paintings to New York. On the trip to New York she decides to visit Jessie's grandmother Josephine. Here Mavis is given permission to love her friend and lover "Bug". (Film Description from IMBd)
Link to view trailer for Kissed By Lightening
About the Artist
Shelley Niro grew up on the Six Nations Reserve, near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Turtle Clan. Niro’s work explores the oral history of the Iroquois people in general and the diaspora of Mohawk people in particular. A multidisciplinary artist, she is known for her photography and film work, which often combines portraits of contemporary Native women with traditional Mohawk imagery. Niro is internationally acclaimed and has received numerous awards. The National Museum of American History named Niro a fellow in 1997. Her film Honey Moccasin won Best Experimental Work at the Dreamspeakers Festival in Edmonton, Alberta and Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Director at the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her film, The Shirt, debuted at the 2003 Venice Biennale. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
This event is free and open to the public
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