Why First Nations visual artist Kent Monkman is ready for the country
Respected painter and video artist recently moved to Prince Edward County in Ontario
Kent Monkman is one of the most admired painters in Canada, a status which the popularity of his works in collections like the National Gallery of Canada attests to. He walks a difficult line — while his paintings, sculptures, and videos tend to deal with the history of colonization in Canada, he balances the tough subject matter with humour, camp, and provocative imagery. Monkman's alter ego, a glamourous and powerful character named Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, meets the issues in his work with equal parts bemusement and disdain.
He invited CBC Arts out for a visit to explain what drove the move and how he thinks it will affect his work.
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Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization. Co-presented by ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Oct. 15 to Jan.10. The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON. $15; $11 seniors; $9 students; free to Gardiner Museum members. 416.586.8080.
Kent Monkman: Miss Chief in Motion at ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. Oct 16. The Gardiner Museum. 3pm.