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KENT MONKMAN

Localisation : 1415 Peel 

Artist

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of medias

including painting, video, performance and installation. His work is represented by several galleries in Toronto, Montreal, London and Berlin. The subject of many solo exhibitions in numerous Canadian museums, his work is also presented in many private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.

Art work

A young cardinal is tempted by Miss Chief Eagle Testickle in St. Peter’s Square. Representing the plural sexuality and gender variance (two spirit traditions) of the Americas, Miss Chief tests the mores and hypocrisy of the Christian mantra - Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…

Source painting: View of the Colonnade, St. Peter’s Square in Rome by C.W. Eckersberg (1813-16). In this video painting, Kent Monkman explores historical precedents and themes of First Nations peoples in Europe. Since the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, Indigenous peoples traveled to Europe as embassadors for their own people, captives, performers and as specimens for human zoos, popular in the 19th century. Both Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and George Catlin’s Gallery of the North American Indian featured Native American performers. Monkman constructs a back story for Miss Chief who began her own career as an artist and performer with her nemesis George Catlin before launching her own Taxonomy of the European Male. The Emergence of Legend photo series touches on this mythology.

Courtesy of Pierre François Ouellette Contemporary Art

Kent Monkman
The Immoral Woman, 2015
HD monitor,Media player
framed 117 cm (46")
6:37m
edition of 5

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