• Artist: Kent Monkman
  • Medium: Video Installation
  • Project Type: Queens and Kings of Scarborough
  • Curator: Ashley McKenzie-Barnes
  • Neighbourhood: Scarborough

Artist Kent Monkman will present a bold and provocative new video installation highlighting Indigenous resilience.

Location

Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber

  • Address: 150 Borough Dr.
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors
  • Advisories: PG
  • Content: Other (please specify)

The Project

Kent Monkman’s films speak to subjectivity and authority in colonial art history. These six films in particular address the adventures and stories of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego. Miss Chief reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples. This show will feature the films “Dance to Miss Chief,” “A Nation is Coming,” “Shooting Geronimo,” “Group of Seven Inches,” “Robin’s Hood Trilogy,” and Monkman’s most recent film project, “Miss Chief’s Praying Hands.” The newest film evokes the style of dramatic, elegant commercials for decadent status items. Commenting on how the colonial project on Turtle Island has forced the “gift” of European religion, education, sickness, shame and prejudice upon Indigenous peoples for generations, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle will give it all back. The glistening form of “Miss Chief’s Praying Hands” will insert a piercing, yet playful, perspective into the conversation on reconciliation and Indigenous resilience.

The Artist

Kent Monkman explores the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences. He has exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Ontario and internationally. Monkman’s touring exhibition "Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience," will visit museums across Canada until 2020.

Acknowledgements

  • Funding provided by

"The Miss Chief Eagle Testickle Picture Show" is courtesy of Patel Gallery.