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News release: November 8, 2023

Indigenous portrait photographer Nadya Kwandibens to talk at PAMA about her portraiture series, Red Chair Sessions

BRAMPTON, ON (November 8, 2023) - Join Nadya Kwandibens for an exciting talk, part of the PAMA Talks series, on Saturday, November 18 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). Kwandibens, who is an indigenous portrait photographer, will talk about her work on the exhibition Red Chair Sessions currently on display at PAMA and how it was created.

This talk is included with general admission. Members are free. Registration is recommended, but not required.

Nadya Kwandibens: The Red Chair Sessions
On now to February 25, 2024.

The Red Chair Sessions is an ongoing open-call portraiture series that places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. 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.

Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is an award-winning portrait and events photographer, founder of Red Works Photography, a Canon Ambassador, the current Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto, and has travelled extensively across Canada for over 16 years. Her artistic practice builds on three ongoing bodies of work: Concrete Indians, Red Works Outtakes and the Red Chair Sessions. In addition to commissioned works, Nadya delivers empowering photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities, and community groups.

This exhibition is organized by The Muse - Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora, Ontario.

My work is deeply connected to Indigenous people and who we are. 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

Nadya Kwandibens

About PAMA

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel region's culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by Peel Region, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton. Visit to learn more.

Learn more about Peel's continuing commitment to our community during our transition.

Media contact

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Specialist
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
Tel: 416-312-3425

About Peel's transition

The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.

To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario's Peel Region Transition Board website.

During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel's transition website.

About Peel Region

Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram