Keynote Lecture 1: Indian Dancer

Presented in association with the 17th Biennale of Sydney

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For the 2010 Next Wave Festival, Indigenous Canadian artist Skeena Reece will present an artist-talk and new performance titled Indian Dancer, a work created in response to the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. As Vancouver opened its doors and wallets to the two-week spectacle, which was rumoured to cost the province of British Columbia nearly 8 billion Canadian dollars, many social services were cut, including housing, education, health and more.

For the Indian Dancer performance, Reece will use black humour to critique the representation of ‘Native Americans’ in the media and on the world stage, and the gross misappropriation of land and resources in Canada. In her keynote lecture, Skeena will discuss her work in relation to the Festival theme No Risk Too Great, describing the inspiration behind her deliberately uncomfortable but humorous performances.

Skeena Reece is a participating artist in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, which takes place from 12 May – 1 August 2010.

Supporters: The Biennale of Sydney, Ian Potter Foundation, Sofitel, NGV


Speaker: Skeena Reece

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· Dates & Times ·

Lecture · Monday May 17 from 6:30PM

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Enter North Entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt

Duration: One and a half hours

Price: Free