Kaade Ginebek Ngiibwaadan Oweyan
I dream of being a Salamander. To slip from the palm of intruders’ hands with ease and return to my abode deep beneath the ground. To wake at the sound of raindrops, to move from winter burrows to springtime pools. However, Salamanders have many things working against them: soft bellies that drag against asphalt and the threat of rubber tires speeding past. I dream of being a Salamander. To be guided to my birthplace by the Earth’s magnetic field, to know my path home like the back of my hand. I remind myself of a Salamander: struggling mightily to reach my homeland, prepared to lose parts of myself along the way. I dream of being a Salamander. To regrow. To renew. To return.
Kaade Ginebek Ngiibwaadan Oweyan is a visual exploration of my concept of home as an Indigenous person who has been displaced from their ancestral homelands. In this series, I utilize natural plant dyes, my surrounding landscape, personal items, and Indigenous histories to question and search for what home means to me. I explore how I can reconnect to my sense of home through creative methods that are materially and conceptually involved with the lands I call home.
*Anishinaabemowin translation of thesis title by Henry Pitawanakwat
Kay Nadjiwon is a two-spirit Anishinaabe lens-based artist working in Treaty 13. They are currently completing their BFA in Photography at Toronto Metropolitan University and are a prospective Interdisciplinary Media, Art and Design MFA student at OCAD University. Their artistic practice focuses on issues of identity, memory, trauma and belonging. Nadjiwon uses archival materials, alternative processes and interdisciplinary methods to situate feelings of grief as a site for social and spiritual connection. Their practice includes photography, video, collage and installation.