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Meryl McMaster : As Immense as the Sky


Ikon, Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery, announces plans for 2020-21: exhibitions, off-site projects and events that represent Ikon’s ongoing dedication to showcasing the very best of British and international contemporary art.

Ikon presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by Meryl McMaster (b. 1988, Ottawa), during 4 December 2019 – 23 February 2020. Part of a rising generation of indigenous artists in Canada, Meryl McMaster’s photography explores identity and its distinct cultural landscapes with extraordinary visual impact. For Ikon, McMaster shows new and recent work, drawing on the artist’s dual heritage to examine broader questions of being, placing emphasis on the social, cultural and environmental contact zones of both her indigenous and European ancestors.

“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


Meryl McMaster : As Immense as the Sky

4 December 2019 – 23 February 2020

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS




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