PROJECT SPACE / 2 May to 29 May 2014
SITUATE / 1 April to 11 May 2014
Amy Malbeuf and Jordan Bennett are multi-disciplinary visual artists from Canada and, as a collaborative, are Neon Kohkom. Through their practice they survey notions of identity, tradition, spirituality, consumerism, and pop culture. During their residency they will create work related to themes of misrepresentation and exaggeration in relation to ideas of Indigeneity
Bennett and Malbeuf have created the entity Neon Kohkom (kohkom means grandmother in the Cree language) to explore the confusion within popular views of Indigenous cultures. As Indigenous artists—Bennett is Mi’kmaq and Malbeuf is Métis—their practice examines the distance between mis-representations of Indigenous peoples and actual contemporary Indigenous realities in an attempt to denounce the stereotypes and trivializations that these representations perpetuate. Neon Kohkom will present new digital and sculptural works inspired by the appropriation of Native American material culture, witnessed during their time in Australia.
Neon Kohkom is a guest of RMIT through the SITUATE Canadian Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange. This partnership is made possible by the generous support of the University of Lethbridge. RMIT SITUATE is global in attitude, action and presence—connecting people through art and generating opportunities for creative experimentation, cross-cultural dialogue and international mobility.