Red Chair Sessions shows reclamation of Indigenous lands through portraits at PAMA in Brampton
Published November 8, 2023 at 12:58 pm
Guests at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) are invited to view a new photo exhibit exploring Indigenous themes while hearing from the artist behind the camera.
The exhibition is called the “Red Chair Sessions” by Anishinaabe photographer Nadya Kwandibens, and features a portrait series “that places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages.”
Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto, PAMA says Kwandibens has travelled across Canada for over the last 16 years and focuses on three ongoing bodies of work – “Concrete Indians,” “Red Works Outtakes” and the “Red Chair Sessions.”
“My work is deeply connected to Indigenous people and who we are,” Kwandibens said in a statement. “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.”
The talk from Kwandibens is included with general admission. Registration is recommended, but not required.
The Red Chair Sessions is running until Feb. 25, and PAMA is hosting a session with Kwandibens on Nov. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the PAMA Talks series, where guests will hear the artist talk about her work on the exhibition and how it was created.
“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,” PAMA says in a release.
The “Red Chair Sessions” is on now until Feb. 25 at PAMA, located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. To register for the Nov. 18 talk with Kwandibens click here.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising