Published on August 11, 2012 by Amy
Shelley Niro (born 1954) is a Mohawk filmmaker and visual artist from New York and Ontario.
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Shelley Niro was born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1954 and grew up on the Six Nations Reserve, near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Turtle Clan. Niro graduated from the Ontario College of Art with a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and painting. She earned her masters of fine arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Niro explored the oral history of the Iroquois people in general and the diaspora of Mohawk people in particular. She is known for her photography, which often combines portraits of contemporary Native women with traditional Mohawk imagery. She uses herself, friends, and family members as models. Her 1992 photographic series, This Land Is Mime Land and 500 Year Itch employ humorous pop culture references, such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.