Friday, Nov 13, 2020 1:30p -
ONLINE - Center for the Humanities at Tufts
48 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155
Art, Lectures & Conferences, University, Virtual & Streaming
In this talk, Lily Mengesha, Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature (Tufts University), considers the decolonial significance of material in the performance work of Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore.
Mengesha offers a reading of Belmore’s 2014 performance-sculpture, One thousand One hundred & eighty One, a work that reckons with the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in Canada (MMIW). Using performance studies methodologies, Mengesha suggests ways in which we can consider Belmore's work alongside transnational embodied practices of hammering nails into wood, which often signify a sacred contract. Drawing from critical writing in both Black and Indigenous studies, this talk situates Belmore’s work within a history of unkept promises, as well as the performance’s manifestation of a livable, sovereign future for Indigenous people.
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