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Melissa General

Melissa  General

“My artistic mission is to continually research and explore Indigenous history and culture, through photo, audio, video, language and performance.”

As an Indigenous artist from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory my practice is heavily influenced by my Haudenosaunee identity, history, community and my relationship to the land.  My artistic mission is to continually research and explore Indigenous history and culture, through photo, audio, video, language and performance; to further experiment ways of making in order to evolve my practice forward; promoting the knowledge and discussion of Haudenosaunee identity, culture and history.

I began primarily as photo-based artist with my practice expanding to include video and audio installation based works. My work is performative, exploring concepts of memory, history, land and Indigenous identity; discussing the notions of belonging and negotiating the intersection between urban life and ‘home’.

I maintain a strong relationship to my family and home community with the majority of my work produced on Six Nations Territory. My practice reflects my personal progress of understanding and recognizing my Indigenous identity through research, experience and exploration using my Indigenous body to address issues of identity, memory and land.  I hope to continually expand this knowledge through my practice by further researching both my personal and community history and by developing my knowledge of Indigenous language to further discuss history, identity and culture from a Haudenosaunee perspective.

Melissa  General is a Mohawk/Oneida media artist from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.