This week-long workshop, led by Lori Blondeau and Adrian Stimson, is loosely based on Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s La Pocha Nostra Performance Art methods, from the book “ethno-techno Writings of performance, activism and pedagogy. The workshop will culminate in a studio presentation of the participant’s explorations. Lori is a Cree/Saulteaux/Metis performance artist, based in Saskatoon. She holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Both of these artists explore the influence of popular media and culture (contemporary and historical) on Aboriginal self-identity, self image and self definition.
“I deconstruct the images of the Indian Princess and the squaw and reconstruct an image of absurdity and insert these hybrids into the mainstream. The performance personae I have created refer to the damage of colonialism and to the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance.”
This workshop is open to people of Indigenous ancestry.