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Video: In the Studio with Kent Monkman

“I wanted to address history painting directly with these narratives—these missing narratives—from art history that speak about Indigenous experience,” says Toronto artist Kent Monkman.

Monkman’s inquiry into colonization and resilience is one that resounds in the year of “Canada 150”—and it is due to have wide impact well beyond, too.

In January 2017, this Canadian artist of Cree descent opened the exhibition “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience” at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Received with acclaim and significant crowds, the exhibition will be proceeding to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in June—and then to at least seven other art galleries from coast to coast by 2020.

Other Monkman exhibitions in Montreal, New York, Santa Fe and Denver are also on deck for 2017.

In this studio-visit video, squeezed in between shows, Monkman offers access to the place where much of his painting work is made. He also shares insights into a major work in progress.

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vivienne spiteri says:

good. but where are the indigenous peoples’ own art works about their stories??

Leah Sandals says:

Hi Vivienne—Kent Monkman is of Cree descent.

Cynthia McLean says:

Very interesting. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun had a five month show of his work, titled “Unceded Territories” at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, last year. He too focuses on History and what has been left out from a 1st Nations perspective (He’s Okanagan and an initiated Spirit Dancer in his community). LPY, however, has created a very idiosyncratic style of landscape painting very different from Monkman’s It’d be interesting to hear the two in conversation.

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