Lori Blondeau is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and photography. She is Cree/Saulteaux/Métis from Saskatchewan. Her mother is Cree/Saulteaux from George Gordon First Nation, located in Treaty 4, and her late father was Métis from Lebret, Saskatchewan. Blondeau holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to her extensive exhibition history she has sat on the Advisory Panel for Visual Arts for the Canada Council for the Arts. Blondeau has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Centre, the Mendel Art Gallery, in Saskatoon, Open Space, in Victoria, and FOFA, in Montréal. In 2007, Blondeau was part of the Requickening project with artist Shelley Niro at the Venice Biennale. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, in Winnipeg, and was part of the Scotia Bank Contact Festival, in Toronto. Her art is held in both public galleries and private collections.
“Blondeau’s artwork advances on many fronts. In her performance and photographic practice, Blondeau frequently adopts personae that confront the hegemonic, violent images of Indigenous women that proliferate throughout settler culture.
Blondeau’s photography is deeply connected with her work as a performance artist, which she has made central to her practice. Like the photographs, the performances can be understood as interventions into the settler rhetoric and colonial imaginary.
Blondeau remains a decisive figure in Indigenous and Canadian contemporary art. Her artwork, activism, curatorial work and pedagogy are essential, and her transformative work continues to be groundbreaking and relevant.”
Nominator: Nasrin Himada, Curator, on behalf of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
“Blondeau remains a decisive figure in Indigenous and Canadian contemporary art. Her artwork, activism, curatorial work and pedagogy are essential, and her transformative work continues to be groundbreaking and relevant.”