2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Miss Chief Eagle Testickle Presents Her Memoir: Kent Monkman and Gisèle Gordon in Conversation

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Eastside Arts Society.

An unmissable event for all those interested in a gloriously queer, art-drenched, Indigenous look at the “true” history of North America/Turtle Island with a special appearance by Miss Chief Eagle Testickle.Join celebrated Cree artist Kent Monkman and his long-time collaborator Gisèle Gordon as they discuss their new work The Memoirs of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle: A True and Exact Accounting of the History of Turtle Island, a genre-defying work based on the paintings of one the most important painters working today that will remake readers’ understanding of the land called North America. A story of this continent that reframes the narrative as a deeply Cree and gloriously queer understanding of our shared world, its past, its present, and its possibilities.

After the reading with Miss Chief, Monkman and Gordon will be be in conversation with beloved Canadian broadcast Shelagh Rogers.

Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Iron Dog Books.

Participants and Speakers

Gisèle Gordon

GISÈLE GORDON is a settler media artist and writer based in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, Canada). Her solo work includes the documentary The Tunguska Project (Best Feature Length Film at the Planet in Focus Film Festival, 2005), and the video installations Crosscurrent and The Land that Dreams. (ONTARIO)

Kent Monkman

KENT MONKMAN is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist. A member of Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory (Manitoba), he lives and works in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto). His works are held in the public collections of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Hirshhorn Museum; National Gallery of Canada; and Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. (MANITOBA/ONTARIO)