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Photograph of rocks of various sizes surrounded by grass and flowers
Lori Blondeau, 2020

I’m Not Your Kinda Princess by Lori Blondeau

a survey of works curated by Nasrin Himada

March 11 – July 31, 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 July 31, 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.

You can read Franchesca Hebert-Spence’s essay about Lori Blondeau’s work here.

Link to exhibition tour video


I’m Not Your Kinda Princess by Lori Blondeau will be open to the public by appointment starting July 19 until July 31, 2021. Due to provincial health restrictions visitors must be fully vaccinated to attend the exhibition and proof of vaccination will be requested before your visit.

Appointments will be available from Monday 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.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at https://plugin.org/support or by contacting Angela Forget at angela@plugin.org.

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