Exhibitions

Dress to Redress: Exploring Native American Material Culture

19 March – 3 July 2022

The American Museum & Gardens presents Dress to Redress, an exhibition of the work of contemporary Anishinabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade, from 19 March to 3 July.

Featuring a series of spectacular wearable-art pieces, personal artefacts and photography, alongside historical items from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition will demonstrate the continuing legacy and profound importance of visual and material culture. This is the first time Celeste Pedri-Spade’s work will be exhibited in Europe.

Dress to Redress will focus on the role of strong women in community, using fashion to explore how stories and experiences of Indigenous and European women both connect and disconnect. Inspired by various designs and materials Pedri-Spade uses her work to remedy the past, revising male-dominated historical narratives, that fail to recognise the powerful role that women have played in their respective communities.

“In order to move towards something other than colonialism, we need to encounter it in the present, making the present connect to the past. But I also think we need more than that. We need to imagine and fashion something radically different. It is my hope that Material Kwe creates a space for this creative, decolonial work.”

Celeste Pedri-Spade

Related Events

Celeste Pedri-Spade will be visiting the UK for a residency at the American Museum & Gardens at the end of May, during which a series of exciting public events and workshops will be offered to both school groups and the public. More information coming soon.

This exhibition, which is part of the project 'Brightening the Covenant Chain', has been made possible through partnership
with the Treatied Spaces Research Group, with funding provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom
(Standard Research Grant AH/T006099/1).