Tue. 13.11.18 / 6 pm Past is Prologue
20 Years of COSMOSQUAW
An evening with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh storyteller Salia Joseph and Cree/Métis poet Samantha Nock, honoured, contextualized and expanded on Cree/Saulteaux/Métis artist Lori Blondeau’s COSMOSQUAW (1998). Blondeau’s work offers a critical exploration of Indigenous women and beauty. Twenty years later, Joseph and Nock explore the same theme, what has changed, and what has stayed the same. The pair offered a reply to the performance that involved a live reading, music, and a screening of the original piece itself.
Excerpt from Front Magazine, Sept/Oct 1998 Vol. IX, No. 6, P.9:
"As the lesbian magazine Diva offers us an alternative to Cosmo, so does Lori Blondeau’s magazine COSMOSQUAW. Blondeau and her collaborator Bradlee Larocque have created a magazine that asks us: how cosmopolitan is Cosmo? They do this by satirizing its rhetoric and reminding us of the women left out of the magazine. These artists take pleasure in subverting mainstream perceptions of femininity, beauty, and sexual etiquette."
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Salia Joseph is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Snuneymuxw First Nation’s on her father’s side and is British and Jewish on her mothers. In 2016 she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia. She recently graduated from a yearlong full time immersion program in her language, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim at Simon Fraser University. Salia sings in a band called An̓usáyum̓ (Two Berries) as well as a traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh dance/singing group called Ta Na Wa Káwstem. Salia works for Kwi Awt Stelmexw, a Sḵwx̱wú7mes language and culture non-profit. In addition to this she has recently completed a curatorial internship at the Bill Reid Art Gallery. Salia is also committed to her continued learning journey of Salish wool weaving.
Samantha Nock is a Cree-Métis writer and poet from Treaty 8 territory in Northeast BC. Her family originally comes from Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak), Saskatchewan. She has been published in GUTS Magazine , Shameless Magazine, SAD Mag, Canadian Art, and others. Samantha co-organizes a bi-monthly community readings series called Poetry is Bad For You, and hosts Heavy Content, a podcast exploring representations of fat people in the media. She cares about radical decolonial love, coffee, corgis, and her two cats, Betty and Jughead.
Lori Blondeau is a Cree, Saulteaux and Métis visual and performance artist from Saskatchewan who is a member of the Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4. She holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently based in Winnipeg where she teaches at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. She has sat on the Advisory Panel for Visual Arts for the Canada Council for the Arts and is a co-founder and the current director of TRIBE, a Canadian Aboriginal arts organization.