Red Works is a dynamic photography company empowering contemporary Indigenous lifestyles and cultures through photographic essays, features, and portraits. Red Works specializes in natural light portraiture and headshots sessions + event and concert photography. Red Works also provides image licensing, workshops, presentations + print products.
Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe/ Ojibwe from the Animakee Wa Zhing First Nation (formerly Northwest Angle #37) in northwestern Ontario.
In October 2008, she founded Red Works and in the same year began photographing a series entitled Concrete Indians. Since then Nadya has travelled extensively, photographing people and events throughout Canada and U.S.A. She has worked for numerous groups and organizations including the: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, First Nations Health Authority, Association for Native Development in the Performing Arts, Full Circle First Nations Performance, Miziwe Biik Development Corp., imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; and several individual artists, actors, musicians and role models.
Her photographic work is featured in numerous publications, websites, and media including CBC’s 8th Fire documentary series. Nadya was an invited artist-in-residence for the Native American Indigenous Cinema & Arts online exhibition, and has exhibited in group and solo shows in: Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Aurora ON, Edmonton and Calgary AB, Seattle WA, Cleveland OH, Boulder CO, St. Charles, Chicago, Aurora and Evanston IL, and Vancouver BC.
Nadya has travelled extensively for event coverage and portraiture sessions across the country, and continues to photograph new works for two series Concrete Indians and emergence. In addition to commissioned works, Nadya is also available for photography workshops and presentations for youth, universities, and community groups. She currently resides in Northwestern Ontario.
We, as Indigenous people, are often portrayed in history books as Nations once great; in museums as Nations frozen stoic; in the media as Nations forever troubled. These images can be despairing; however, my goal seeks to steer the positive course. If our history is a shadow, let this moment serve as light. We are musicians, lawyers, doctors, mothers and sons. We are activists, scholars, dreamers, fathers and daughters. Let us claim ourselves now and see that we are, and will always be great, thriving, balanced civilizations capable of carrying ourselves into that bright new day.