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Leanna Marshall and Celeste Pedri-Spade: “The Teaching is in The Making”: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg

Opening Ceremony: July 7 at 7:30 pm
In ‘The Teaching is in the Making’ Anishinabekwe artists Celeste Pedri-Spade and Leanna Marshall blend together Anishinabeg photography and traditional regalia. While these practices may seem to be very different, they are related as both significant material markers of Anishinabe art, story, spirituality, and knowledge. “The Teaching is in the Making “ is about restoring and re-story-ing specific familial memories that are integral to Anishinabeg history, identity, and continued survivance. The art pieces materialize moments of remembrance and healing. They are about ‘living out’ the marks and stories that our ancestors left behind for us, and honouring not only a past existence, but a continued presence in our lives. It recognizes that Anishinabeg photographs and regalia not only convey messages but that they embody stories and ideas that arise in the process of making them. In both the making and experience of these art pieces, we enter a space of imagination and healing where we can visit with our ancestors, listen to their stories, and carry out our responsibilities to contribute our own story…through art, leaving our own trace for future generations.”

– Celeste Pedri-Spade and Leanna Marshall (2015)

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