Leesa Streifler | Nadya Kwandibens

Summer 2024 at Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina

Leesa Streifler, She Once Was, mixed media on polypropylene, 2024. Photo by: xx

Leesa Streifler: She is Present

June 29 – September 11, 2024
Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library)
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Guest curated by Wayne Baerwaldt

As one of Canada’s preeminent feminist artists, Leesa Streifler’s 40-year career has focused on experiences and representations of women, with her own lived experience at the core of her practice. In this series of mixed media drawings, she explores the aesthetics of aging female bodies and how they are perceived in a culture consumed with youthful beauty and ability. Through these powerfully drawn, expressive works Streifler fosters critical dialogue on bodily changes, ability, agency, sexuality, relationships, and memory to recognize strength and beauty at all ages and abilities. This exhibition is dedicated to Streifler’s mother, Sheila, who passed away in 2020.

Leesa Streifler received a BFA at the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. She taught in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina for over 30 years, influencing generations of art students. She has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She is passionate about feminism and art education, actively mentoring other artists through MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) in Winnipeg, MB. Streifler lives and works in Winnipeg on Treaty One territory, the original lands of the Anishanaabeg, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Nations, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

In partnership with Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery. With the generous support from the Manitoba Arts Council.

Artist Talk, Performance, & Opening Reception
June 29, 12:00 pm CST
In-person at Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library) and online on Dunlop Art Gallery’s YouTube channel
Pre-registration not required
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Join us for an artist talk and conversation with Leesa Streifler and guest curator, Wayne Baerwaldt. Anastasia Evsigneeva will perform Art in Movement, a response to Leesa Streifler’s exhibition She is Present.

Nadya Kwandibens, Waawaate, Anishinaabe from Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation. Photographed on Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot & Tsuut’ina of the Dene Nations, Treaty 7 Territory, June 16, 2019.

Nadya Kwandibens: The Red Chair Sessions

July 27 – October 23, 2024
Dunlop Art Gallery (Sherwood Village Branch)
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Curated by Sophie Lavoie

The Red Chair Sessions is an ongoing open-call portraiture series that places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. This series ultimately disrupts colonial narratives, centres Indigenous Peoples who have been here since time immemorial, and reminds us that we are all guests on Indigenous land.

The colour red represents Indigenous Peoples on the Medicine Wheel and, in this series, signifies Indigenous Peoples’ inherent connection to the land and to ancestral bloodlines. Whether sitting on or standing beside the red chair, one feels grounded and firmly rooted; the act itself and the resulting portrait serves as a reminder of our responsibility to steward the lands upon which we walk.

Accompanying each photograph is text in the subject’s respective Indigenous language or a mix of languages, and can include: names gifted/given in ceremony (written in either English or syllabics), the Nation to which they belong, and the place names of traditional and Treaty areas in which each session occurred. In this way, Indigenous voices are amplified and become a refusal of the colonizer’s language while pointing out the erasure of Indigenous history.

The series is also a celebration honouring the many achievements of Indigenous Peoples and presents a positive perspective for future generations.

– Nadya Kwandibens

Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is an award-winning portrait and events photographer, a Canon Ambassador, and has travelled extensively across Canada for over 10 years. In 2008 she founded Red Works Photography. Red Works is a dynamic photography company empowering contemporary Indigenous lifestyles and cultures through photographic essays, features, and portraits.

The Red Chair Sessions: Nadya Kwandibens is organized and circulated by The Muse – Douglas Family Art Centre.

Artist Talk & Opening Reception: Nadya Kwandibens
July 27, 2:00 pm
In-person at Dunlop Art Gallery (Sherwood Village Branch)
Pre-registration not required
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Join us for the artist talk with Nadya Kwandibens. Following the artist talk there will be a reception.

About Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library

Central Library location
2311 – 12th Avenue
Regina SK S4P 3Z5

Gallery Hours (CST), Central Library
Mon to Thurs, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Fri, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Sat, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sun, 12 – 5 pm

Sherwood Village Branch location
6121 Rochdale Boulevard
Regina SK S4X 2R1

Gallery Hours (CST), Sherwood Village Branch
Mon, Thurs, Fri, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Tues, Wed, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Sat, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sun, 12 – 5 pm

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
Galleries are wheelchair accessible.


We acknowledge the support of SK Arts, and funding partners SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, whose contributions help the arts thrive in this province.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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