Greg Staats Visual Artist
Toronto, Ontario

Greg Staats is Skarù:reˀ [Tuscarora], Hodinöhsö:ni’ and a lens-based visual artist. Greg is a founding member of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association (NIIPA).  He was awarded the 1999 Duke & Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council for the Arts and, recently, the 2021 Toronto Arts Foundation’s Inaugural Indigenous Artist Award. Greg has had 17 solo national, regional and artist-run exhibitions, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery 44 and the McMaster Museum of Art, as well as 16 group exhibitions, including at the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, in Sante Fe, USA, Mercer Union and the International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. He has lectured extensively nationally, and his works are held within public, private and corporate collections. Greg has served as faculty for two Aboriginal Visual Arts Residencies at the Banff Centre. Greg Staats grew up on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ohsweken, and has resided in Toronto, Ontario, since 1986. 

Greg Staats’ website

“Greg works in photography, video, and installation. All his work comes from his being Mohawk. In a long, continuous, deeply felt pursuit, Greg has attempted to recover Hodinöhsö:ni’ methodologies as ways of enabling his practice […] His landscape images, in black-and-white and colour, are stunningly beautiful, but not neutral, as they have symbolic import: such as images of the white pine, an ancient symbol of the unity of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederacy. For Greg, the landscape is a resonant archive disclosing a symbolic universe for those who have eyes to see clearly.” 

Nominators: Emelie Chhangur (Agnes Etherington Art Centre), Richard Hill and Philip Monk  

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“For Greg, the landscape is a resonant archive disclosing a symbolic universe[.]”

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