An exhibition consisting of 35 portraits and characterisations of the Onkwehón:we of Turtle Island. In a humble attempt to depict their strength, beauty and spirit, the artist utilizes bold colors, thoughtful design and in some cases, a touch of humor to shout out to history – “We Are Still Here!” The exhibition includes a specially-created film “Voices from the Indigenous Community,” streaming in the Blue Gallery, with five participants discussing questions on contemporary Indigenous issues.
Informed by the artist’s Mohawk culture and interest with Indigenous issues, Deron brings to the general public a glance at contemporary Indigenous people which he hopes will dispel colonial stereotypes. Deron describes his solo exhibition, stating: “Our Elders tell us that our feet have walked upon the back of Turtle Island for time immemorial. Our resiliency has been proven time and time again, we have faced genocide both physical and cultural, betrayal at the hands of our allies, residential schools, and the murder of our women and girls. Despite this… We Are Still Here!”
In the artist’s own words he would like to “take the Indian out of the history books and to present them, not as assimilated ghosts of what they once were or thought to be, but rather indigenous people with a vibrant and living culture all their own.”