Persona Non Grata - waking up performance personas
Workshop with visiting artist Adrian Stimson
This two hour workshop will explore, personas in performance art, a short overview of performance personas, then exercises to wake up the persona inside of you. Please bring personal items/clothing that may relate to a persona you have been thinking about. Wear clothing that allows you to actively move in the space. The exercises are based on Guillermo Gomez-Pena's Exercises for Rebel Artists, they have been modified for workshop time.
October 25, 2019
2 - 4 PM
David Spinks Theatre (W425), Centre for the Arts Level 4
Open to students in uLethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts
The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. To reserve a space, please email Annie Martin.
While on-campus, Adrian Stimson is speaking in Art NOW at noon on October 25 in the University Recital Hall.
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta, Canada.
Adrian has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He considers himself as an interdisciplinary artist and exhibits nationally and internationally. His performance art looks at identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and Two Spirit being. Buffalo Boy, The Shaman Exterminator are two reoccurring personas. His paintings are varied yet his use of black and white monochromatic paintings that depict bison in imagined landscapes are well known, they are melancholic, memorializing, and sometimes whimsical, they evoke ideas cultural fragility, resilience and nostalgia. His installation work primarily examines the residential school experience; he attended three residential schools in his life. He has used the material culture from Old Sun Residential School on his Nation to create works that speak to genocide, loss and resilience. Stimson was a participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, which sent him to Afghanistan.
Adrian was awarded the Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2018. REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award –Hnatyshyn Foundation 2017. He was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003.