TO­RON­TO & CAL­GA­RY

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There's no get­ting away from Ca­na­da's ses­qui­cen­ten­nial ce­le­bra­tions. That being said if you have a fee­ling that his­to­ry is on­ly writ­ten by the vic­tors you should do your best to see the new Kent Monk­man show Shame and Pre­ju­dice: The Sto­ry of Re­si­lience.

It is run­ning at the Uni­ver­si­ty of To­ron­to Art Mu­seum, which com­mis­sio­ned the work, un­til March 4th and then tou­ring the coun­try un­til 2020. Its next stop is at the Glen­bow Mu­seum in Cal­ga­ry where it opens on June 4th.

Monk­man who is Cree has reac­ted be­fore to the lack of in­di­ge­nous fi­gures in Ca­na­dian his­to­ri­cal and modern pain­ting and starts his his­to­ri­cal sur­vey 150 be­fore con­fe­de­ra­tion with the French and then pro­ceeds to modern times. There are nine chap­ters to the ex­hi­bi­tion which al­so in­cludes ar­te­facts.

The pain­tings are over­size and in ma­ny ways brilliant as they present Monk­man's sub­ver­sive and re­vi­sio­nist take on Ca­na­dian his­to­ry. The Scream, for ins­tance, shows nuns, priests and red serge clo­thed Moun­ties prying chil­dren away from the arms of their fa­mi­lies. Dad­dies, af­ter Ro­bert Har­ris'

The Fa­thers of Con­fe­de­ra­tion has Monk­man's al­ter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Tes­ti­ckle na­ked­ly loun­ging in front of the as­sem­bled po­li­ti­cians.

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