Shelley Niro was born in Niagara Falls, NY. Currently she lives in Brantford, Ontario, where she is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan. A multi-media artist whose work involves photography, painting, beadwork, and film, Niro is conscious of the impact post-colonial media have had on Indigenous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relentlessly to present people in realistic and exploratory portrayals, in photo series such as Mohawks in Beehives, This Land is Mime Land, and M: Stories of Women. Niro's films include Honey Moccasin, It Starts with a Whisper, The Shirt, Kissed by Lightning, and Robert's Paintings. An Honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Niro received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. In 2012, she was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award, presented through the Ontario Arts Council. In 2017, she received a Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts from the Canada Council; the Scotiabank Photography Award; and the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Award. Niro also received an Arts and Culture Award from the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation. Niro continues to produce work reflecting herself and her community.
2015, 05:00 minutes, colour, English / Mohawk
2011, 52:00 minutes, colour, English/Saulteaux
2010, 37:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English
2009, 89:00 minutes, colour, English
2008, 05:00 minutes, B&W, English
2008, 06:03 minutes, colour
2007, 02:49 minutes, colour
2006, 05:00 minutes, B&W/colour, soundscape only
2005, 57:00 minutes, colour, English
2003, 05:55 minutes, colour, English
2002, 07:00 minutes, colour
1998, 49:00 minutes, colour, English
1997, 05:00 minutes, colour, English
by . The Toronto Star, May 21, 2017.
by . Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory, 2013. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2013.
by . M: Stories of Women, Oct 2011.
by . Canadian Woman Studies, 2006, v. 25, no. 1-2.
by . Artichoke, Spring 2005, v. 17, no. 1.
by . Locus Suspectus - Where the Hidden Comes to Light, 2004. Calgary: Truck Contemporary art, 2004.
by . Visual Anthropology Review, Fall 2004, v. 20, no. 2. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
by . CineAction, 2003, v. 61. Toronto: CineAction Collective, 2003.
by and . Private Investigators: Undercover in Public Space, 1999. Banff: Banff Centre Press, 1999.
by . Gallery: The Art Magazine From the Gallery Delta, June 1999.
by . Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 1998, v. 28, no. 2. Brandon: Brandon University, 1998.