This session has been postponed to the 2022 Fall/Winter term
Storytelling has influenced every aspect of Blondeau’s practice and makes up for a lot of what she produces visually. Lori takes stories, whether they are old stories or contemporary, and makes them into visual culture. She sees what she does with her art practice as high tech storytelling in a contemporary time. As an artist who is an Indigenous woman, she cannot help but be influenced by the stories of the day and how it impacts her worldview. Lori’s work explores the influence of popular media and culture (contemporary and historical) on First Nations self-identity, self-image, and self-definition. She has been exploring the impact of colonization on traditional and contemporary roles and lifestyles of First Nation women. Lori deconstructs the images of the Indian Princess and the Squaw and reconstructs an image of absurdity and then insert these hybrids into the mainstream. The performance personas she has created refer to the damage of colonialism and to the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance.
Lori Blondeau is Cree/Saulteaux/Métis from Saskatchewan. Since the 1990s, Blondeau’s artistic practice in the fields of performance, photography and installation, along with her curatorial work and activities as co-founder and Executive Director of the Indigenous art collective TRIBE, has proved decisive to the ever-increasing centrality of Indigenous art and knowledge production in Canada. Her performance pieces have been showcased at Nuit Blanche (Saskatoon and Winnipeg), VIVO (Vancouver), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and the 2007 Venice Biennial. Since 2018, Blondeau is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Art at the University of Manitoba School of Art; sat on the Advisory Panel for the Canada Council, Visual Arts program and served as a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Blondeau was a recipient of the 2021 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.