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Banff Photographer Nahanni McKay receives Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award

Metis-Cree visual artist Nahanni McKay sees herself as a wildlife photographer, except the only animals she photographs are ghosts. Her works tend to reflect her upbringing on Treaty 7 Territory, with a strong focus on the Banff region’s National Parks.

Nahanni utilizes her photography as means to convey the need to coexist with wildlife and prevent further harm to the land we reside on. In recent years, Nahanni has gained international acclaim, with her art reaching numerous galleries and publications beyond Canada.

Her work Hole 8 is currently exhibiting as part of the 2022 Venice Biennial at the Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy. Here in Alberta, Nahanni’s art is being recognized alongside fellow Albertan artists as part of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.

Nahanni McKay recently provided Lisa Wilton a snapshot of her recent accomplishments: