BlackFlash Limited Edition: Lori Blondeau, Asiniy Iskwew Series
Lori Blondeau is a Cree/Saulteaux/Métis artist from Saskatchewan, whose performative personas and work challenge media stereotypes of Indigenous women.
Blondeau’s Asiniy Iskwew series (“Rock Woman” in Cree) depicts the resilience of Indigenous women in the face of historical and ongoing violence experienced, and survived.
The series consists of four photographs, each featuring the artist in carefully staged locations, draped in a long red velvet robe in powerful pose, standing firmly upright, defiant, as she stares into the distance.
In each photograph, she stands on a plinth of natural stone, referencing the important connection of stone and rock formations to the traditions of Plains people, who have for countless generations used them for ceremony, for gathering places, or for markers of sacred place. In her staging of the series, Blondeau draws on the history and the cairn site of Mistaseni rock at Elbow Harbour, where Mistaseni — an enormous and sacred glacial boulder — was dynamited in 1966 by agents of the Saskatchewan government to make room for man-made Lake Diefenbaker.
Currently available only through the BlackFlash Editions Limited Edition Print Program.