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Indigenous Complexities, Jan 15

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Indigenous Complexities, Jan 15



January 15, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

An Art Talk with Kali Spitzer

January 15 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

The Garden is proud to present “Indigenous Complexities” with Kali Spitzer.

“Indigenous femme queer photographer Kali Spitzer ignites the spirit of our current unbound human experience with all the complex histories we exist in, passed down through the trauma inflicted/received by our ancestors. Kali’s photographs are intimate and unapologetic and make room for growth and forgiveness while creating a space where we may share the vulnerable and broken parts of our stories which are often overlooked, or not easy to digest for ourselves or society.” Ginger Dunnill, Creator and Producer of Broken Boxes Podcast (which features interviews with indigenous and other engaged artists).

Kali Spitzer is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother’s side. She is from the Yukon and grew up on the West Coast of British Columbia in so called canada, on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples. She is a multi disciplinary artist who predominantly works with film photography. Kali studied photography at the Santa Fe Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Under the mentorship of Will Wilson, Kali explored alternative practices to photography. She has worked with film in 35 mm, 120 and large format, as well as wet plate collodion process using an 8-by-10 camera. Her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture. Kali is committed to creating space for queer and trans people, and BIPOC to feel seen and accurately represented in the ways they choose. 

Kali focuses on cultural revitalization through her art, whether in the medium of photography, ceramics, beading, tanning hides or hunting. She views all of these practices as art and as part of an exploration of self.  At the age of 20, Kali moved back north to spend time with her Elders, learning and practicing traditional ways of life and art. Throughout Kali’s career she has documented these practices with a sense of urgency, highlighting their vital cultural significance. 

Kali’s work has been internationally exhibited and recognized. Notably, she has received a Reveal Indigenous Art Award from Hnatyshyn Foundation (2017),  her work was part of National Geographic’s Women: a Century of Change at the National Geographic Museum (2020), and most recently her work can be found at the Heard Museum exhibition, Larger than Memory: Contemporary Art From Indigenous North America (2020).

“Kali recognizes the trust and vulnerability required by her subjects to be photographed in such intimate ways and wishes to extend gratitude to all those who have been part of her artistic process.”

Mussi Cho