In early July 2017, Rebecca Belmore, Florene Belmore and Scott Benesiinaabandan spent a week together near Sioux Lookout, Ontario. A photo from the Ontario Archives taken by John Macfie in 1955 drew them to the site. In the photograph, taken before the artists were born, seven boys from the nearby Pelican Falls residential school in denim coveralls watch a man fishing. At Pelican Falls was inspired by this photograph.
Jessica Jacobson-Konefall, At Pelican Falls: Rebecca Belmore, 2017
Photo credit: John Macfie (archival photo), Ray Fenwick / PLATFORM