Kent Monkman

The Triumph of Mischief

2007
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With the aid of his alter ego Miss Chief Share Eagle Testickle, Kent Monkman works to subvert North American colonial and art historical narratives that have traditionally excluded an Aboriginal perspective. His paintings pun on the nineteenth-century styles of such artists as George Catlin and Paul Kane who often depicted the "new" world as a reflection of their own expectations and values while simultaneously omitting complex layers of Aboriginal history, culture and sexuality. Through Miss Chief, Monkman inserts his own allegories into the mix, merging fact and fiction with a blend of humour and role reversals that both unseat the authority of documented history and provoke a re-examination of colonial oppression, accepted truths, and the intricacy of identity.
Artist
Title
The Triumph of Mischief
Date
2007
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
213 x 335 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Accession number
42217