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Meryl McMaster

As Immense as the Sky

4 December 2019 — 23 February 2020

This will be first UK solo exhibition by young Canadian artist Meryl McMaster (b. Ottawa 1988). She belongs to a generation of Indigenous artists who, by means of photography and a performative approach, explore First Nations’ identity and their cultural horizon. McMaster trains a self-reflexive eye on the exploration of her dual heritage: Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation on her father’s side and Euro-Canadian (British and Dutch) on her mother’s side. With an ecological proposition, she presents herself in nature and sees the landscape and seasons as an integral part of the cultural context, where myth and narration go hand in hand, as summarised in a recent artist’s statement:

“I want to bring specific awareness to the broad consequences of colonisation and how the mentality of greed and/or lack of foresight is still impacting us today. At the same time, my work isn’t intended to resolve this dilemma but rather to create an opportunity for introspection and conversation. Each of us has a complicated relationship with the past with gaps and biases, and it is important to me to expose and explore these gaps so that we may encounter our next moments better prepared.”  Meryl McMaster