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Unpacking the Indigenous Female Body

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Unpacking the Indigenous Female Body

Talks and Performances

29 Jul 2014

In this public lecture, international artist Lori Blondeau will discuss the body of performance work she has created over the past 20 years.

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  • Renowned for her examinations on the influence of popular media and culture on Aboriginal self-identity, Blondeau - a Cree/Saulteaux/Metis artist originally from Saskatchewan, Canada - works to confront and co-opt conventional stereotypes of First Nations women. The artist addresses themes of self-image and self-definition.

    The performance personae she has created, including the now-famous 'Belle Sauvage', explore the damage of colonialism and the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance.

    A unique artist who embodies an essential humour within her work, Blondeau holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, has sat on the Advisory Panel for Visual Arts for the Canada Council for the Arts, and is a co-founder and the current director of TRIBE, a Canadian Aboriginal arts organisation.

    In Australia only for a short time, Blondeau is appearing at ACMI for this special public lecture co-presented with the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University, in association with cyberTribe's SOLID SCREEN Festival and Symposium 2014.