“SOVEREIGN ACTS II”
LEONARD AND BINA ELLEN ART GALLERY, MONTREAL To April 1
In this second instalment of her show, curator Wanda Nanibush sees performance as a site of resistance to “performing Indian” for a colonial audience. The eight artists’ uses of their bodies become an automatic confrontation. “We’re asserting our understanding of our past: not one of loss and tragedy, but one of strength and perseverance,” Nanibush says. WANDA NANIBUSH: Lori Blondeau wrapped herself in this luscious red fabric and stood on pieces of land significant to Indigenous people in her Saskatoon-area home. She’s dealing with the representation of Indigenous women, with the discussion around murdered and missing Indigenous women on her mind. There’s a real assertion of women’s power and connection to the land, in resistance to the underlying link between violence against women and violence against the land.
Lori Blondeau Asiniy Iskwew 2016