This week we are excited to welcome Nadya Kwandibens to OCAD U to speak with the Directed Photo Studio class!
Directed Photo Studio – Artist talk
Thursday, March 9th at 12:00
Rm 525, Level 5, 113 McCaul Street (Grange building)
If you aren’t able to attend the March 9th event, you are still in luck, Nadya will be part of the March 16th Bead & Read! Bead & Reads are 2hr drop-in gatherings run at OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture Centre, in which ideas, readings and craft skills are shared.
Bead & Reads run every Thursday from 3 to 5pm
INVC Student Centre
Room 1401, Level 4, 113 McCaul Street.
Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe/ Ojibwe from the Animakee Wa Zhing First Nation in northwestern Ontario.
In October 2008, she founded Red Works and in the same year began photographing a series entitled Concrete Indians. Since then Nadya has travelled extensively, photographing people and events throughout Canada and U.S.A. She has worked for numerous groups and organizations including the: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, First Nations Health Authority, Association for Native Development in the Performing Arts, Full Circle First Nations Performance, Miziwe Biik Development Corp., imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; and several individual artists, actors, musicians and role models.
Her photographic work is featured in numerous publications, websites, and media including CBC’s 8th Fire documentary series. Nadya was an invited artist-in-residence for the Native American Indigenous Cinema & Arts online exhibition, and has exhibited in group and solo shows in: Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Aurora ON, Edmonton and Calgary AB, Seattle WA, Cleveland OH, Boulder CO, St. Charles, Chicago, Aurora and Evanston IL, and Vancouver BC.
Nadya has travelled extensively for event coverage and portraiture sessions across the country, and continues to photograph new works for two series Concrete Indians and emergence. In addition to commissioned works, Nadya is also available for photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities, and community groups. She currently resides in Northwestern Ontario.