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Feminist Cafe with Dr. Julia Skelly - Redressing Canadian Art History: Sherry Farrell Racette's Indigenous-Feminist Textiles and Texts

Date & time
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Dr. Julia Skelly


This event is free


Meghan Gagliardi
x 2373


MU Annex
2170 Bishop Room 101

Wheelchair accessible


Lillian Robinson Visiting Scholar, Dr. Julia Skelly presents
“Redressing Canadian Art History: Sherry Farrell Racette's Indigenous-Feminist Textiles and Texts”

Date October 31st, 2018
Time 2-4pm
Location Simone de Beauvoir Institute (2170 Bishop), MU-101.

In 1990, Métis artist and scholar Sherry Farrell Racette (Timiskaming First Nation) produced a painting entitled Ancestral Women Taking Back Their Dresses. In 2018, the painting was chosen as one of several artworks by Indigenous female artists to be part of the Resilience Project, a series of billboards positioned along a Canadian highway. This metamorphosis of media—a painting depicting textiles transformed into a billboard that is part of a political act concerned with violence against Indigenous women—invites a consideration of Farrell Racette’s interdisciplinary practice as both artist and scholar. This talk considers Farrell Racette's texts and textiles that function as interwoven parts of a formidable, ongoing Indigenous-feminist project.

Dr. Julia Skelly received her PhD in Art History from Queen's University. She recently completed a two-year contract as Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Julia is the author of Wasted Looks: Addiction and British Visual Culture, 1751-1919 (Ashgate, 2014) and Radical Decadence: Excess in Contemporary Feminist Textiles and Craft (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). She is the editor of The Uses of Excess in Visual and Material Culture, 1600-2010 (Ashgate, 2014). Her current book-length project is entitled Skin Crafts: Violence, Affect and Materiality in Global Contemporary Art.

LRS Julia Skelly

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