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PhotoED Magazine presents: Nadya Kwandibens in conversation with Farihah A. Shah

Online via ZOOM - June 12 beginning at 7 PM EST/ 4 PM PST

PhotoED Magazine is pleased to present, award winning photographer Nadya Kwandibens in conversation with Farihah Aliyah Shah.

About this event

Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is an award winning portrait and event photographer and a Canon Ambassador, who has traveled extensively across Canada for over 10 years. Her company Red Works is a dynamic photography company empowering contemporary Indigenous lifestyles and cultures.

Nadya’s ongoing artistic projects of note include, "Concrete Indians," and " The Red Chair Sessions." In 2018, Nadya won the Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Award. Jurors stated, “Nadya is an intrepid, ground-breaking and influential artist. She has brought an Indigenous voice to portrait photography that recontextualizes images and shows us our true selves.”

She says;

"We, as Indigenous people, are often portrayed in history books as Nations once great; in museums as Nations frozen stoic; in the media as Nations forever troubled. These images can be despairing; however, my goal seeks to steer the positive course. If our history is a shadow, let this moment serve as light. We are musicians, lawyers, doctors, mothers and sons. We are activists, scholars, dreamers, fathers and daughters. Let us claim ourselves now and see that we are, and will always be great, thriving, balanced civilizations capable of carrying ourselves into that bright new day."

Photo credit: Tenille Campbell » sweetmoon photography

JOIN US for what will no doubt be a riveting conversation!


Farihah Aliyah Shah (BFA, BHRM) is a contemporary lens-based artist originally from Edmonton, now based in Bradford. Exploring issues of racial identity, land, and collective memory, Farihah seeks to challenge the lack of representation of disenfranchised bodies in the photographic cannon and representational art, encouraging others to take agency of their images.

She is the 2019 recipient of the John Hartman Award for Emerging Artists, and she currently serves as a Board Member at Gallery 44, Centre of Contemporary Photography, and a member of Women Photograph an organization that advocates for Female Identified and Non-Binary photojournalists. Farihah has exhibited her work internationally.