This summer, Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art has invited Canadian artist Kent Monkman (b. 1965) to give what will be his first solo museum exhibition in Europe. Monkman’s Cree Indian roots inform a multi-disciplinary practice which encompasses performance, video, large-scale and sometimes musical installations, re-vamped versions of historical painting and new takes on early photography. In the guise of his unbridled and eccentric alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the artist uses poetry and humour to appropriate and refashion preconceived colonial ideas of American Indian culture and in the process, produces a body of work that constantly examines issues related to difference.
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