“SOVEREIGN ACTS II”

LEONARD AND BINA ELLEN ART GALLERY, MON­TREAL To April 1

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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

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