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Indigenous Art in the Library: Greg Staats

Greg Staats

Photo retrieved from Art Gallery of Ontario website

Greg Staats is a Toronto artist who works in photography, performance, video installation, and sculpture. His current work is engaged in an ongoing process of reconnecting with a traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) restorative aesthetic. This aesthetic, related to condolence ceremonies occurring after the death of a community member or titleholder, relies on the shared repetitive experience of trauma and renewal. Staats’ practice uses language, mnemonics, and the natural world to reconnect with this cultural history.1 

The piece "Acceptance" is located on the first floor of the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library