Art in the Spotlight: Lori Blondeau

Photo of artist Lori Blondeau standing atop a pile of rocks and stones, lake and hill in the background. She is wrapped in a voluminous swath of deep red fabric that she holds at her chest and pools at her feet.

Lori Blondeau, Asiniy Iskwew, 2016.Digital photograph, 152.4 x 111.8 cm.


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Art in the Spotlight: Lori Blondeau

Wednesday, October 20, 4 pm

Join interdisciplinary artist Lori Blondeau for a conversation with the AGO’s Renata Azevedo Moreira about her work in performance, installation, and photography.

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. With her performances, which include Are You My Mother? (2000), Sisters (2002) and States of Grace (2007) and photographic work, including COSMOSQUAW (1996), Lonely Surfer Squaw (1997) and Asinîy Iskwew (2016), Blondeau’s practice, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with fellow visual artists demonstrates a clarity of focus which is remarkable for its precision, humour and strength. Since 2018, Blondeau has been Assistant Professor of Indigenous Art at the University of Manitoba School of Art. Blondeau was a recipient of the 2021 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Renata Azevedo Moreira is AGO Assistant Curator, Canadian Art. Prior to joining the AGO in 2021, Renata was a lecturer at the Department of Communication, University of Montréal, where she concluded her Ph.D. research focused on the intersections between curatorial and artistic practice in media art exhibitions. She holds an MA from the University of Paris 8, France, and a BA from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. Moreira’s area of specialty is process-based and experimental art.

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