Material Kwe

Associate Professor Celeste Pedri-Spade - IIRC20
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Drawing on theories of Indigenous futurisms and Anishinaabe materiality, the author as artist-researcher presents Material Kwe, a series of five (5) different wearable art ensembles that premiered at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto 2020. As a distinct body of work, Material Kwe presses back against settler-Indigenous relations, which are predicated on both the destruction/exploitation of Indigenous lands/waters and the erasure of women’s lives and stories. By upholding the creative and embodied aspects of Anishinaabe ways of knowing, the artist-researcher integrates early colonial fashion with Indigenous design and materials to re engage the past in the present, bringing forward specific HERStory revelations that privilege the resilience and strength of women, highlighting their roles in defending the land, their kin and communities. Following the presentation of the artworks, the artist-researcher discusses its contribution to an emergent body of research-based Indigenous artworks that not only threaten oppressive, exploitive settler colonial regimes