Virtual Artist Talk: Scott Benesiinaabandan

This is a narrow, landscape orientation image. On the left half is a photograph of a grassy field, and a light blue sky with some wispy clouds. The sky takes up most of the image. A rectangle is embroidered in the centre. On the right half is black text over a light blue background. The text reads: "On this spot in 1645, the second week of Summer, 14-year old Oosawa Kakaike innini lost his quill quiver tie. Shortly after, he was injured in his first buffalo hunt. Suffering a pulled Achilles heel, he was forces to stay at the camp for the remainder of the summer. In 2004, on March 21st, Cody Fleury sustained a rather nasty infection after cutting his hand fencing this section. The scar is still visible."
Historical Landscapes, collaborative project between Scott Benesiinaabandan and Kerri-Lynn Reeves. Digital print, screen print, embroidery. 36 x 24”. 2011.

Join us on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 6pm CT, for a virtual artist talk with Scott Benesiinaabandan. This talk will be delivered via Zoom.

Accessibility information:

ASL interpretation is available by request for Deaf attendees. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday March 20 to Zoom’s automatic closed captioning will be enabled during the presentation.

The Zoom link will be posted a week prior to the event. You do not need to download Zoom ahead of time, but may do so at

This event will be recorded–please turn your video off when joining the Zoom meeting if you prefer not to be recorded. This artist talk is free to attend and open to the public.

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Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe (Obishkkokaang) intermedia artist who works primarily in photography, video, audio and printmaking. Scott has completed an international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland, and  University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency,  along with international collaborative projects in both the U.K and Ireland. Scott is currently based in Montreal, where he is completing a MFA in Photography, where is also a long running artist-in-residency at  OBx Labs/Ab-TeC and Initiative for Indigenous Futures. He is currently investigating new mediums such as audio works, light sculptures and virtual reality.

In the past years, Benesiinaabandan has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Conseil des arts des lettre du Quebec. His work can be found in a number of private, provincial and national collections.

Benesiinaabandan has taken part in several notable exhibitions across Canada and internationally: Harbourfront’s Flatter the Land/Bigger the RuckusSubconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, GHOSTDANCE at Ryerson Image Centre and solo exhibitions; unSacred, at Gallery 1C03; and in Sydney, Australia, mii omaa ayaad/Oshiki Inendemowin, Melbourne; Blood Memories, little resistances at Platform Gallery; and Insurgence/Resurgence at the WAG. He recently completed a public commission for CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto.

Benesiinaabandan’s work can be viewed online at

This image contains colourful strips of fabric (yellow, red, light blue, dark blue), each bundle attached together with a porcupine quill. There are eight of these bundles plus one other item spaced out in a three-by-three grid on a black background. The other item appears to be a digital rendering of some topographical section. A bit of this item also appears in one of the fabric bundles.
cloth, quill, ghost lands by Scott Benesiinaabandan. Photographs and audio. 2021.

March 3, 2021