A Story of Resilience

December 22, 2020

Kent Monkman: Shame and Prejudice, A Story of Resilience, contributions by Kent Monkman, Barbara Fischer, Lucy Lippard, Richard Hill, and John Ralston Saul

From the publisher, Black Dog Press:

Artist Kent Monkman’s all-encompassing project, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, takes viewers on a journey through Canada’s history, starting in the present and going back to before Canadian confederation. This book accompanies Monkman’s largest solo exhibition to date which is at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC until Jan 3, 2021. The exhibition includes the artist’s own paintings, drawings, and sculptural works, which form a dialogue with historical artefacts and artworks borrowed from museums and private collections across Canada.

Throughout the book, there are clever, albeit controversial, commentaries told by Monkman’s genderfluid, time-travelling, supernatural alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Her narratives take viewers through the history of New France and the fur trade, the nineteenth-century dispossession of First Nations lands through Canadian colonial policies, the horrors of the residential school system, and modern First Nations experiences in urban environments. Shame and Prejudice challenges predominant narratives of Canadian history and honours the resilience of First Nations peoples.

The book is trilingual with all text in English, French and Cree.

You can place your hold here.