The Triumph of Mischief
Kent Monkman is a Manitoba-born, Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. He produces work in a variety of media, including painting, video and film, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Monkman draws inspiration from the histories depicted in 19th Century art, including photography and Romantic painting, colonial portrayals of Aboriginal peoples and cinematic genres such as classic Hollywood westerns. Using these conventions he constructs new stories through images that take into account the missing narratives and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples. His work explores stereotypes of masculinity and queer culture through the construction of witty situations and scenarios that use sexuality as a tool for challenging the authority of these established histories.
The selection of work included in this exhibition centres around Monkman's performance alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Monkman will transform the gallery space into Miss Chief's Tipi Camp that will include two tipis as well as new and recent paintings and films on loan from major public and private collections.
This exhibition is a collaborative project between the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Conceived by David Liss and Shirley Madill.