Dayna Danger (they/them) is the Winter 2022 Mellon ISCEI Artist in Residence at McGill University. Co-organized by ISCEI and the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, the program is an important means of bringing practicing artists to campus to continue their work, share their expertise, interact with students and faculty members, and enhance knowledge of and exposure to Indigenous art among the campus community and the public at large.
Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Métis/Saulteaux/Polish visual artist raised in Miiskwaagamiwiziibiing, Treaty 1 territory, or so-called Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/Mōniyāng, or so-called Montreal, Quebec.
Danger uses photography, sculpture, performance, beading and video to create works and environments that claim space and question the line between empowerment and objectification. Their recent work with beaded leather fetish masks, BDSM and kink, explores themes of intimacy, erotic sovereignty, and Indigenous sexuality. Collaboration and consent are at the heart of Danger’s art practice which challenges the colonial gaze and negotiates the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power.
Danger holds a BFA from The University of Manitoba’s School of Art and an MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Their work has been exhibited in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. Their ongoing photographic portrait series Big’Uns was featured on the cover of the Canadian Art Kinship issue in summer 2017. Most recently, Danger’s art was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada and long-listed for the 2021 Sobey Art Award. Danger has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2021, they began a doctorate at Concordia University that focuses on hide-tanning stories and bush skills, passed on from their Saulteaux great-grandmother Madeline McLeod (Campbell).
You can see more of Dayna Danger's work on their website.
Winter 2021: Caroline Monnet
Caroline Monnet is the first Mellon ISCEI Artist in Residence at McGill. Co-organized by ISCEI and the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, the program is an important means of bringing practicing artists to campus to continue their work, share their expertise, interact with students and faculty members, and enhance knowledge of and exposure to Indigenous art among the campus community and the public at large.
Caroline Monnet (Algonquin/French) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Her work has been programmed internationally at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), TIFF (CAN), Sundance (US), Aesthetica (UK), Palm Springs (US), Cannes Film Festival, Whitney Biennal (NY), Toronto Biennale of Art (CAN), Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), Arsenal Contemporary NY, Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). In 2016, she was selected for the Cinéfondation residency in Paris. Her work is included in numerous collections including Quebec Museum of Fine Arts, National Art Gallery, RBC Royal Bank, Museum of Contemporary Art Montréal. 2021's upcoming exhibitions include the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, The Koffler Gallery (Toronto) and a solo show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Monnet is recipient of the 2020 Pierre-Ayot award, the 2020 Sobey Art Award, the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards, as well as grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and from le Conseil des arts de Montréal. She is based in Montreal and represented by Blouin Division Gallery.