Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art: I’m Not Your Kinda Princess by Lori Blondeau, a survey of work curated by Nasrin Himada, March 11 – June 19

I'm Not Your Kinda Princess by Lori Blondeau

a survey of work curated by Nasrin Himada

March 11 – June 19, 2021

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is incredibly honoured to present I'm Not Your Kinda Princess by Lori Blondeau, a survey of work curated by Nasrin Himada. I'm Not Your Kinda Princess integrates a broad selection of accumulated works over the artist's celebrated career along with a newly commissioned installation titled Stones From My Kokum's House. The exhibition will be open by appointment March 11 to June 19, 2021.

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 including Visual Artists James Luna, Rebecca Belmore, Shelly Niro and Adrian Stimson, demonstrates a clarity of focus which is remarkable for its precision, humour and strength. Her photographic and installation work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario), Kelowna Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton) and Remai Modern (Saskatoon) among numerous others. Her performance pieces have been showcased at Nuit Blanche (Saskatoon and Winnipeg), VIVO (Vancouver), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and the 2007 Venice Biennial. Blondeau has participated in panel discussions and given lectures at the AGO, the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe) and the 2020 Sydney Biennale. Since 2018, Blondeau is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Art at the University of Manitoba School of Art; sat on the Advisory Panel for the Canada Council, Visual Arts program and served as a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Blondeau was a recipient of the 2021 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Opening Hours and Procedures

I'm Not Your Kinda Princess by Lori Blondeau will be open to the public by appointment starting March 11, 2021.

Appointments will be available from Wednesday to Saturday between 1 and 5 pm. Please contact info@plugin.org or call (204) 942-1043 to reserve a time. To ensure the safety of everyone in our galleries we are asking all visitors to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entry.

Our programming is always free but if you are interested in purchasing anything in the bookshop please keep in mind that contactless payment is preferred and we will not be accepting cash. Visitors will be asked to complete the COVID self screening tool before their visit and anyone with symptoms or exposure must reschedule their visit. The gallery will be cleaned daily and high touch surfaces will be wiped down between appointments.

Acknowledgments

We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director's Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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For more information on public programming and exhibitions contact Allison Yearwood at allison@plugin.org.

For general information, please contact: info@plugin.org or call 1.204.942.1043