Celeste Pedri-Spade

Celeste Pedri-Spade is an Anishinabekwe artist from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. She identifies as a “mark maker” who works primarily with textiles and photography. Celeste holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University where she is also the inaugural Associate Provost of Indigenous Initiatives. Her art practice is committed to honouring the women in her life and exploring the tactile and sensuous meanings made possible through creative entanglements with our material environments.

Image: Celeste Pedri-Spade, Ogichidaakwewag, 2016. Courtesy of Indigenous Art Collection, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. 

EXHIBITION: Materialized

April 21, 2023 - June 3, 2023

Curated by Ariel Smith and featuring works by Joi T. Arcand, Celeste Pedri-Spade, Catherine Blackburn and Nadya Kwandibens, Materialized examines themes of intergenerational memory, familial narrative, and decolonization through artworks combining portrait photography with elements from adornment arts, textiles, sculpture, and customary Indigenous art practices.


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