Shelley Niro

Bay of Quinte Mohawk

  • The Rebel – shot in 1982, shown in 1989
  • Hand-tinted photograph
  • 28 x 35.6 cm
The Rebel

I took this photograph of my mother, June Chiquita Doxtater, in 1982. She was always willing to participate in any project I was working on. When I took out my camera, I suggested to my mom that she get on the car, which is an American Motors auto with the word “Rebel” imbedded in the trunk lid. Spontaneously she got on the car and stretched out provocatively. This was all done in fun. She was proud of the way she looked and took every opportunity to celebrate her femininity. As the years passed, this photograph was included in many exhibitions. One of the first was Changers, an exhibition featuring 10 Indigenous women artists, in 1989. Whenever I look at this photograph, I am immediately taken back to that warm spring day. Little did we know that this image of my mother would be instrumental in my career.

– Shelley Niro

2018 billboard locations


Please note that not all digital billboards will be displaying Resilience consistently. Treaty, territory, and language information has been referenced from Native Land, and may be incomplete.