KENT MONKMAN: MISS CHIEF”S PRAYING HANDS
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2nd 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: August 2 - September 1, 2018
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East
Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition entitled 'Miss Chief's Praying Hands' by celebrated Canadian artist Kent Monkman.
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who creates provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience - the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experience - are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.
His gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle appears in his work, reversing the colonial gaze and upending received notions of history and Indigenous people.
Monkman describes Miss Chief Eagle Testickle as "a gender bending time-traveling two spirited alter ego" representing "the gender variance that was present in traditional indigenous cultures across North America when the settlers arrived. She embodies the flawed and playful trickster spirit to tease out the truths behind life’s painful twists and turns. She is central to my work, reversing the gaze and representing an empowered antidote to colonized sexuality."
Project Gallery wishes to acknowledge the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabe and, in particular, the Mississauga’s of the New Credit whose territory we will be gathering on. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.