Kent Monkman Mary Video Still, 2011, 3:18 min
Shot in uber-glam shampoo-commercial-style, Mary features the gorgeous, otherworldly Miss Chief Eagle Testickle in this irreverent reinterpretation of the Prince of Wales’s visit to Montreal in 1860 that challenges the meaning of “surrender” within Aboriginal treaties.
Born in St. Marys Ontario, Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Indian Art Centre, and has participated in various international group exhibitions including: “We come in peace…” Histories of the Americas, at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, and The American West, at Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, England. Monkman has created site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and at Compton Verney, UK, and has also made super 8 versions of these performances that he calls “Colonial Art Space Interventions”. His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals, including the 2006 Berlinale. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum London, The Mackenzie Art Gallery the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Indian Art Centre, and the Canada Council Art Bank.
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Cold Cuts Video Festival 2014