Shame and Prejudice, A Story of Resilience
28 x 23 cm | 9 x 11 in
110 ills | 160 pages
AVAILABLE IN THE UK SEPTEMBER 2017
Kent Monkman’s new, large-scale project takes the viewer on a journey through Canada’s history that starts in the present and takes us back to 150 years before Confederation. With its entry points in the harsh urban environment of Winnipeg’s north end, and contemporary life on the reserve, Kent Monkman: Shame and Prejudice, A Story of Resilience takes us all the way back to the period of New France and the fur trade. The Rococo masterpiece The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard is reinterpreted as an installation with Monkman’s alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, in a beaver-trimmed baroque dress, swinging back and forth between the Generals Wolfe and Montcalm.
As both artist and curator, the book coincides with Kent Monkman’s first major solo exhibition at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and includes his own paintings, drawings and sculptural works, in dialogue with historical artefacts and artworks borrowed from museum and private collections from across Canada.
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation. He has had exhibitions at numerous major museums worldwide, including Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto; and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts. The book accompanies a travelling North American exhibition of Monkman's work stopping at nine venues through to 2020, including the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the University of Quebec and the Museum of Anthropology.