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The Nine Chapters

Kent Monkman. The Subjugation of Truth, 2016. Collection of Donald R. Sobey.

From September 27 to February 23, see Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience at the WAG. Travel back in time with the artist through 150 years of Indigenous experience in Canada, from the fur trade to depictions of Urban Rez. As both artist and curator, Monkman’s first major solo touring exhibition includes his own paintings, installations and sculptures, in dialogue with historical artifact loans from museums and private collections across Canada.

Through nine chronological chapters, Shame and Prejudice resonates with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work to bring about justice for the ongoing impacts of colonialism in our world today. In Kent Monkman’s own words, delve into the personal and historical events that shaped the exhibition’s narrative. The below booklet is an Art Museum of Toronto publication.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist and curator of Cree ancestry with roots in Winnipeg who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Monkman is well-known for his of the provocative depictions of Indigenous resistance throughout Canadian history. He anchors his deeply social contemporary practice in an extensive knowledge of art history, and doesn’t shy away from truth-telling.


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