MARCH 22, 1960


Born in Upsala, Ontario, Belmore, while at Ontario College of Art (1984-87), developed a performance-based alter ego, “High-Tech Teepee Trauma Mama,”—a mocking display of Indigenous stereotypes.  One display satirized Canada’s relationship with the Crown during a Royal visit to Thunder Bay.  In 2000, with the Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto, she produced Wild, The Great Water, Vigil, White Thread, and Fountain.  In 2002, her solo exhibition, The Named and the Unnamed, was at the University of British Columbia’s Belkin Art Gallery.  In 2004, Belmore became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and received the VIVA Award.  A year later, she was the 1st Indigenous woman to represent Canada at Venice Biennale.  In 2013, in addition to a 2nd residency at La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, she produced Trace for the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights.  In 2016, Rebecca received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize.   

Source:  Mira Berlin, “Rebecca Belmore,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2/7/2014.  Retrieved 1/18,2020,
Photo:  Patar Knight, 10/2/2016.  Permissive Use.

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