Meryl McMaster: Confluence

May 2 - August 28, 2016

Meryl McMaster’s potent and alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation.

Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, McMaster transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos.

Of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples.

The three bodies of work in Confluence collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice, with its recurrent thematic threads.

Curated by

Heather Anderson

Artists in the exhibition

Meryl McMaster


Meryl McMaster: Confluence

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This is a touring exhibition

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Glenbow Museum, Calgary

2 February – 2 June 2019

The Rooms, St. John's

26 May – 23 September 2018

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

18 January – 21 March 2018

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

10 July – 10 September 2017

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

21 April – 4 June 2017

Richmond Art Gallery

14 January – 19 March 2017

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

3 November – 10 December 2016