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NAHANNI

Nahanni is a Metis-Cree artist and photographer based on Treaty 7 Territory. Born and raised in the Banff, her creative practice has focused on National Parks in Canada and the human impact on surrounding natural environments as well as the decolonization of land.

Nahanni sees herself as a wildlife photographer but the only animals she photographs are ghosts. She uses her photography to bring awareness of the need to coexist with wildlife to prevent further harm to the land we reside on.


Nahanni is a photography graduate from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver BC. She completed her Photography Practicum at the Banff Centre and is currently working full time as an artist creating artwork for galleries and publications internationally, including the 2022 European Cultural Centre alongside the Venice Biennial.
 

While you can find Nahanni creating in the studio, you can also find her exploring in the backcountry or enjoying a nice cold brew by the river. You can check out Nahanni's extensive CV here or contact here.

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CV:

 

Nahanni McKay . She/ Her

 

07.24.1994 . IG: @nahanster . Banff, AB . www.nahannimckay.com .

nahannimckay@gmail.com

 

E X H I B I T I O N S

2023, Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy (upcoming)

2022, Coexist, Galleria Exhibition, Edmonton, AB (upcoming)

2022, Dynamic Earth, Jane Kidner Gallery, Toronto, ON

2022, Coexist, Forest Spaces, Contact Photo Festival, Toronto, ON

 

2022, Personal Structures Exhibition, European Cultural Centre, Venice, Italy

 

2022, Solo Exhibition, Little Cabin Gallery, Exposure Photography Festival, Banff AB

2022, Coexist, Collaboration, artsPLACE, Canmore AB

 

2021, Open Studios, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff AB

 

2021, Solo Exhibition, Banff Public Library, Banff, AB

 

2021, Solo Exhibition, Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, Revelstoke, BC

 

2021, Local Artist Gallery, Modern Bakery, Revelstoke, BC

 

2021, Exposure Exhibition, King Edward Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

 

2021, InFocus Photo, Wild Skies Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

 

2021, Local Artist Gallery, Wild Flour Bakery, Banff, Alberta

 

2020, Loop 14, N3XT CANADA Competition, Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Toronto

 

2020, Loop 14, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition, multiple locations, curated by Shannon Bingeman

 

2020, Homegrown Art Show, Banff Town Hall, Banff

 

2020, Isolation Gallery, Various Location, Banff, Alberta

 

2020, ​EXPOSURE Photography Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary

 

2019, Exposure Photography Festival, RITUAL, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff

 

2019, ​Open Studios, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff

2018, ​Open Studios, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff

 

2018, Mountain Photography Residency, Project Space, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

 

2017, ​Open House, Photo Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver

 

2017, ​Boobies & Wieners, BC Gallery of Ceramics, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver

 

2017,The Show, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver

 

2017, Aboriginal Show; Re-forming, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver

 

2017, Prairie Social, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver

 

2016, Pop Up Exhibition, Mitchell Press Gallery, Vancouver

 

2013, Foundation Show, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver

 

2011, Through the Lens Photography, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff,


 

E D U C A T I O N

 

2019, Photography Practicum, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

 

2017, BFA with Photography, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

 

G R A N T S   &   A W A R D S

 

2022, The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award for Emerging Art

 

2020, N3XT CANADA FINALIST, Art Toronto

2020, EXPOSURE Festival's Emerging Photographers Showcase Award

 

2020, TREX Emerging Photographers Showcase Award

 

2017, Aboriginal Art Award, CIBC Foundation

 

2017, Koh-Verchere Graduation Award for Athletic and Creative Excellence

P A N E L S   A N D   T A L K S

 

2022, What Is Mountain Culture? - Nahanni McKay Pt1&2, Big Stick Energy Podcast, Out of Bounds Collective

 

2022, Nahanni McKay // Beer, Mountains, Wolves, All Humans Outside Podcast

 

2022, Belonging and Reclaiming, Juicy Bits Podcast

 

2022, TREX Exhibition Artist Talk, 

 

2022, Artist Talk: Nahanni McKay, Grand Prairie Regional College

 

2021, Nahanni McKay, Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

 

2021, Youth Summit Virtual Campfire, Canadian Rockies Youth Network

 

2020, Habituate Acclimate, TREX Southwest Exhibition

R E S I D E N C I E S 

2021, Akunumusǂitis : Ecological Engagement Through the Seasons, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

 

2020, Isolation Alliance, Murze Magazine, Digital Online Residency

 

2019, ​Mountain Photography Residency, The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity

S E L E C T E D   P R E S S

 

2022. Personal Structures Catalog, The European Cultural Centre, Venice, Italy 

 

2022, Collaborative Exhibition Opens at Arts Place, Evan Bueller, The Rocky Mountain Outlook

 

2021, Cultivating Joy, SAD Magazine

 

2021, Indigenous Issue, Canadian Geographic

 

2021, Indigenous Brilliance, The Room Magazine

 

2021, Nahanni McKay’s Dream, Katharine Erwin, 51 Degrees North Magazine

 

2021, Art for everyone: Variety of artists currently at Revelstoke gallery show, Jocelyn Doll, Revelstoke Review

 

 2021, Nahanni McKay, Local Artist Receives Invitation to Venice, 106.5 Mountain FM

 

2020, Nahanni McKay, Loop 14, Habituate, Acclimate, Alberta Foundation of the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program catalogue

 

2020, If you don't laugh, you'll cry, A Bad Photo of Moraine Lake, DIY Youth

 

2020, Isolation Gallery, interview with Chelsea Kemp,  Rocky Mountain Outlook

 

2020, Issue Eleven: Yugen, Murze

 

2020, Nahanni McKay, interview with Alexis Marie Chute, Artsy Monday Blog

 

2020, Issue Ten: Wildlife, ​Murze Magazine

 

2020, Loop 14, Exposure Photography Festival Grows In 2020, The Gauntlet

 

2019​, Land Acknowledgement, InStudio Magazine, Banff Centre

 

2018, Back Cover, Indigenous Art, ​Buffalo Drum Magazine, Banff Centre