Working with barbed wire and language that exist to be just as injurious and wounding, Reona Brass will perform her work Glossolalia: Speaking in Tongues. Reading excerpts from the Indian Act, Brass’ performance reveals a structure designed to wound and ensnare those that attempt to cross it. Through the power of performance that structure is confounded.
Part of the Mimesis: Art Imitating Life Series for M:ST 5
Reona Brass is an artist, educator and member of Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Educated at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Brass has produced installation and performance works across Canada, the US and South America since 1993. Her work has been shown in numerous collaborations and group exhibitions including La caída: Cuerpo poètico/Cuerpo político, National Gallery of Bogotá, Columbia (2004); Ka Kiskih: tamowiwin, AKA Gallery in Saskatoon (2005); and, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU in NYC (2003), Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2005) and recently at the 10th Annual Visualeyez Performance Art Festival in Edmonton, Alberta (2009). Brass has produced numerous works with Indigenous youth as an integral part of her practice.