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Respondent Series: An Artist Talk by Lori Blondeau at Plug In ICA

  • Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art 460 Portage Avenue Winnipeg Canada (map)

Please join us for a talk by cherished artist, Lori Blondeau on Thursday, November 16 at 7pm. In conjunction with our current exhibition Entering the Landscape, we present this talk by an artist known for her astute use of pop cultural aesthetics paired with searing political commentary and cultural parody.

As a prominent artist, and founding member of the collective TRIBE, Blondeau’s impact on the artistic production and discourse in Canada is enduring. This talk will offer an in depth look at her work, which often looks at the influence of popular media and culture on Indigenous self-identity, self-image, and self-definition.

Blondeau’s work focus on the impact of colonization on Indigenous women. The Lonely Surfer Squaw, currently on display for Entering the Landscape, is part of a larger body of work that deconstructs racist pop-cultural images - specifically the ‘Indian princess’ and ‘Squaw’. To this end, Blondeau creates absurd hybrid characters placed in classic poses, referencing mainstream pin-up or cover girls. This work interrupts the constructed stereotype of Indigenous women and refers to the damages of colonialism and the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance. More info here.