VANESSA DION FLETCHER
January 13 – March 31, 2017
Own Your Cervix is an immersive installation. Textiles, pattern, and the athletics of beauty become the backdrop for self examination in context of a feminist decolonial discourse.
Vanessa Dion Fletcher employs 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. All of these themes are brought together in the context of her Potawatomi and Lenape ancestry, and her learning disability caused by a lack of short-term memory. Her work Relationship or Transaction, a replica of the twenty-four nations confederacy wampum belt was recently on display as part of the exhibition Reading the Talk at the McLaren Centre. Her work is held in the Indigenous Art Center Collection in Gatineau, Quebec. In 2016, Dion Fletcher graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in performance. She is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
For more information, visit Vanessa Dion Fletcher’s website.
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