Tuesday, April 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

In this lunchtime talk, visiting artist and performer Vanessa Dion Fletcher will present an overview of her non-performance work, which incorporates materials such as porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. She links these ideas to personal experiences with language, fluency, and understanding. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first served basis.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Canadian Potawatomi and Lenape two-spirit artist who draws upon her role as a woman in a colonial world to create performances that challenge preconceived notions of identity. Dion Fletcher identifies as two-spirit, a term established in the 1990s to represent Indigenous queer individuals with a First Nations spiritual affiliation. Her work incorporates traditional Indigenous materials, her own body, and the natural environment to raise issues that are pertinent to First Nations today.

Posted by akhadka@coloradocollege.edu for the March 29, 2019 digest.

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