Join us for two events by artist Adrian Stimson. Both events are free to attend and open to the public.
“Adrian Stimson – Living Artfully” – Artist Talk
Date & Time: Mon. Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.
Location: Wahkohtowin Lodge, Augustana Forum, Lower Level
Description: Adrian Stimson will give an overview of his work as an artist, the issues that speak to him and what it’s like living with art daily.
The Shaman Exterminator: HUBRIS – Performance Art
Date & Time: Tue. Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.
Location: Mayer Hall, Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
Description: The Shaman Exterminator: HURBIS is a new performance by Adrian Stimson’s alter ego; The Shaman Exterminator. The Shaman Exterminator will examine hubris as it relates to the current local, national and international political atmosphere. The Colonial project is hubris, how this pervasive attitude has continued from the time of contact to today. Individuals who see themselves above the law, act without humility and humanity will ultimately face the day of reckoning. Like General George Armstrong Custer’s battle at Little Big Horn, the Shaman Exterminator will act as nemesis and enact retribution for those who succumb to hubris. What that retribution will be?, you will see…
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.
He 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.
Sponsors: These events are funded by the Chester Ronning Centre, the Department of Fine Arts and Humanities at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus and the University of Alberta President’s Fund.