Intervening the Image, short works by Kent Monkman
Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm
Presented in partnership with WNDX and The Decolonizing Lens, join us for a screening of short works by Kent Monkman followed by a key note lecture with the artist. Come before the screening to check out the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE show featuring Monkman's work alongside work by 29 other emerging-to-established Indigenous artists.
2pm • Short Film Screening (71 min)
3:30pm • Key Note Lecture
Kent Monkman’s practice proceeds courageously within a cosmology of forms. His film-based works reflect this exact and inspiring approach which manipulates the cinematic image. Through film, video, found footage, and digital means, this lush body of work exemplifies Monkman’s own interruption of cinematic convention. And in turn, spotlighting the prowess of an incisive director, well versed in the multifarious actions of an incredible craft.
In Monkman’s films, we see his mastery in the sublime stillness of drama, yet, transposed and animated with rigour through the magic of cinema. We also see the use of a mise en scene punctuated by the inherent practice of his painted works. These films orchestrate raucous assemblies of characters figured carefully by the eye of a scrupulous portraitist. And finally, quite often placed within the creation of his own frame, Monkman himself, animates a visceral relationship with the content at hand. Surrounded within the careful construction of his scene, our director mounts his narrative on a convergence of humour and performance, resulting in the most intimate and engaging cinematic experience.
Short works (total runtime, 71 min):
Group of Seven Inches
7:35 minutes, 16mm, 2005
11:11 minutes, 16mm, 2007
5:53 minutes, 16mm, 2007
A Nation Is Coming
24:00 minutes, video, 1996
3:18 minutes, Digital, 2011
Dance To Miss Chief
4:49 minutes. digital, 2010
Casualties of Modernity
14:20 minutes, digital, 2015
*Does not include Gallery admission.