Multi-disciplinary artist Kent Monkman discusses his acclaimed practice in conversation with curator Steven Loft. Together, Loft and Monkman will discuss the artist’s practice and inquiries into the representation and recontextualization of Aboriginal traditions. This event is held in support of the Power Plant's exhibition, Beat Nation.
Loft is a Mohawk of the Six Nations with Jewish heritage. A curator, scholar, writer and media artist, he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University in 2010, where he is continuing his research into Indigenous art and aesthetics. Loft has held positions as Curator-In-Residence, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada (2008 – 2010); Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg(2002 – 2008)
Monkman’s work spans a variety of media including painting, film/video, installation and performances. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Montréal Museum of Fine Art (2009), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2008), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2007), and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2007). He is represented by Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montréal; Galerie Florent Tosin, Berlin; and Trepanier, Baer, Calgary.