Indigenous portrait photographer Nadya Kwandibens to talk at PAMA about her portraiture series, Red Chair Sessions

BRAMPTON, ON (November 8, 2023) - Join Nadya Kwandibens for an exciting talk, part of the PAMA Talks series, on Saturday, November 18 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). Kwandibens, who is an indigenous portrait photographer, will talk about her work on the exhibition Red Chair Sessions currently on display at PAMA and how it was created.

This talk is included with general admission. Members are free. Registration is recommended, but not required.

Nadya Kwandibens: The Red Chair Sessions On now to February 25, 2024.

The Red Chair Sessions is an ongoing open-call portraiture series that places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. This series ultimately disrupts colonial narratives, centres Indigenous Peoples who have been here since time immemorial and reminds us that we are all guests on Indigenous land.

Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is an award-winning portrait and events photographer, founder of Red Works Photography, a Canon Ambassador, the current Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto, and has travelled extensively across Canada for over 16 years. Her artistic practice builds on three ongoing bodies of work: Concrete Indians, Red Works Outtakes and the Red Chair Sessions. In addition to commissioned works, Nadya delivers empowering photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities, and community groups.

This exhibition is organized by The Muse - Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora, Ontario.

My work is deeply connected to Indigenous people and who we are. That's always been the main goal behind my work: to have my photography be an accurate representation and depiction of who we are as Indigenous Peoples - as Nations across Turtle Island - to eradicate negative stereotypes by highlighting our complexities, our realities and our resistance to ongoing colonialism

Nadya Kwandibens


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