NADYA KWANDIBENS HONOURED WITH 2018 ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL INDIGENOUS ARTS AWARD

center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Photographer Nadya Kwandibens is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award. This award, created in 2012, celebrates the work of Indigenous artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario.Nadya will receive this $10,000 award on Sunday, June 24, during the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto). The award presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m., just before a free concert by Juno Award–winning music duo Digging Roots.About Nadya KwandibensNadya is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is a self-taught photographer with both artistic and commercial practices.Her photography company, Red Works Photography, aims to empower contemporary Indigenous lifestyles and cultures through photographic essays, features and portraits.Her artistic practice centres on three ongoing bodies of work: Concrete Indians Red Works Outtakes and emergence. She is currently developing a multimedia series, The Kitchen Table Talks, which will explore diverse perspectives on matrilineal leadership and nationhood. She has also published a photo book called Idle No More.Nadya’s photography has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and the United States. She is also a member of the Indigenous Laws and The Arts Collective, which paired artists and legal thinkers for Testify – a travelling multimedia exhibition exploring Indigenous law through the arts.Nadya delivers empowering photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities and community groups. Quotes Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and she currently lives in Toronto.A multidisciplinary artist, Melissa works in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land.Melissa’s work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin.Melissa is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) with a major in photography, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University. Twitterlast_img

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