There Is Hope If We Rise
This talk will explore the intersection of Assuís practice and the politics of hope, building on his project, There is Hope, if We Rise. This project, inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic "Hope" poster, builds on Assuís earlier work on propaganda use by the Canadian government and the ways in which such images generate stereotypes of Indigenous peoples. Situated in the discourse of the Idle No More movement, this talk builds on Assuís conceptual and aesthetic practice and challenges us to rethink the image of Canada as a utopian, just, and tolerant place.
March 12, 2013
Bio: Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist who pushes the boundaries of contemporary art by merging Indigenous iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. Interested in ideas around Indigenous issues and rights, branding and new technologies, he works across multiple disciplines, transforming consumer and popular culture to trace the lineage of his own life.
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