Greg Staats (b. Ohsweken, Ontario, now based in Toronto) is a photographer and video artist whose work combines language, mnemonics and the natural world. He draws upon a traditional Mohawk restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships inherent within the reciprocity of the condolence ceremony and the effects of trauma. This exhibition, Condolence, brings together several recent works by Staats that reference language loss, acquisition and resurgence through photographic series, video works, and personal archival materials. The centre-piece of Staats’ McMaster Museum of Art exhibition is a work entitled dark string repeat, (2010). Dark string repeat is a video installation composed of a string of wampum, video camera and digital projector which provides a video feedback unit which enables the visitor to view the process of a live event and creation as well as to ponder mediation and the acquisition and loss of language. It also exposes an underlying emotional and vulnerable dialogue: confronting the fear of the loss of self, a state of mind further reflected by the codified and heightening voice of the dark wampum string while the gallery wall becomes its mnemonic support. The reciprocity of an electronic pulse of the feedback creates a space for a recovered process of renewal. This exhibition catalogue is published by McMaster Museum of Art. Essays by Richard (Rick) W. Hill, Sr., and Charlotte Jones compliment this 44-page catalogue.