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Lori Blondeau Public Lecture: Unpacking the Indigenous Female Body

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In her lecture 'Unpacking the indigenous female body', Lori Blondeau will discuss the body of performance work she has created over the past 20 years. In her visual art and performances, Blondeau explores the influence of popular media and culture on indigenous self-identity, self-image, and self-definition.

The images of the Indian Princess and Squaw have had a significant impact on society's perception of Indian women and serve as inspirations for most of Blondeau's work. The Indian Princess illustrates society's perception of beautiful Native American women as exotic and hard to find. The squaw (a derogatory term for a Native American woman or wife) is meant to desensitise society's view of indigenous women and their political, historical and social issues.

Lori Blondeau (b. 1964) is a Cree/Saulteaux/Metis artist based in Saskatoon. She holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, and has sat on the Advisory Panel for Visual Arts for the Canada Council for the Arts. She is also a co-founder and the current director of TRIBE, a Canadian aboriginal arts organization. Blondeau’s work, including her stage personas such as the now-famous Belle Sauvage, confronts and co-opts conventional stereotypes of First Nations women.

The performance personae she has created refer to the damage of colonialism and to the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance.

Date and Time: Tuesday 29 July, 6pm
Venue: ACMI

A co-event with ACMI and with cyberTribe's SOLID SCREEN Festival and Symposium, 2014

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