Kali Spitzer Biography
Kali Spitzer (b. 1987) is a Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother’s side. She is from the Yukon and grew up on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She earned a diploma in Professional Photography from the Western Academy and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. At the age of 20, Kali moved back north to spend time with her elders, and to learn more about her Kaska ancestry and culture, learning how to hunt, fish, trap, tan moose and caribou hides and to bead.
Kali focuses on cultural revitalization through her art, whether it is the medium of photography, ceramics, tanning hides or hunting; all of these practices she views as art and part of an exploration of self.
Kali Spitzer Description
Kali Spitzer challenges pre-conceived notions of race, gender and identity through her portraits. Her aim is to provide space for people to be seen, heard and represented in the way they want. For her series, An Exploration of Resilience, Spitzer photographed members of her community of mostly Indigenous and mixed heritage people with the goal of conveying what is behind each subject’s story, including the pain, but most of all the spirit and perseverance. Trust is an essential element of her work. Through the timeless lens of the tintype, and in close collaboration with her subjects, the relationship between the process of creation and the person being photographed is made manifest
Kali Spitzer Statement
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