Northwest Angle 37 (Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation) member Nadya Kwandibens is being recognized with an Ontario Arts Council award. The photographer has earned a reputation across the country for her portraits of Indigenous people.

Over the last 12 years, her Red Works Photography has shown First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in an uplifting and sometimes humourous way.

Nadya is an intrepid, ground-breaking and influential artist,” said the jury members, who were unanimous in their choice. “She has brought an Indigenous voice to portrait photography that recontextualizes images and shows us our true selves.” They also praised Nadya’s dedication and commitment, noting her reliable presence “in every community and at every event.”

Kwandibens will receive this $10,000 award, during the Indigenous Arts Festival this evening.

For more information:

Ontario Arts Council

Red Works Photography

 

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