Shout outs: Gage'miiigwech to the mega-support I get by Ab-TeC/ObX Labs and Initiative for Indigenous Futures, the various Arts Councils and the wonderful artists, curators and organizations, galleries and projects I get to know and be a part of.

Biographical stuff

Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe (Obishkkokaang) iintermedia artist that 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 Ruckus, ,Subconscious 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 with Blood Memories, little resistances at Platform Gallery, Insurgence/Resurgence (2017) and recently completed a public commission for CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. 

Artist Statement

My most recent work has been centered on cultural crisis/conflict and its political and cultural manifestations, located and contextualized around issues of Indigeniety from a global perspective. More broadly it seeks to addresses a  continuing development and creation of a deeper personal cosmology originating in the ideas of reclamation and sovereignty, the impacts and effects of relationships and familial/communal ties, non-conventional ways of knowing (ie. dreaming, intuition, blood memory, collective subconscious), underlying tensions and complexity inherent in searching for truth and how these impacts radiate out into wider communities. Building on my world-views and borrowing strongly from my past (non-artistic) works, active seeking and fostering of collaborative artistic projects continues to be a deeply meaningful and fruitful avenue of investigation and creation.

Exhibitions 2005-present

(Upcoming) Belkin Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC. 2019.

(Upcoming) Heard Museum. Re-DEFINE.  Phoenix, Arizona. 2019.

(Upcoming)  Koffler Gallery. Scratch that.September, 2018

(upcoming) Dunlop Gallery. URL/IRL.. Regina, SK. June, 2018.

(Upcoming) CUAG. Here be Dragons.September, 2018.

(Upcoming) Robert McLaughlin Gallery.  Inaabiwin. Oshawa, ON. July, 2018.

Galerie de l’UQÀM. RADAR 2018.Montreal, QC . May 16, 2018.

PAVED Art.(solo).Saskatoon, SK. May, 2018.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. newlandia: debaabaminaagwad.public installation. Toronto. May-Aug, 2018.

Winnipeg Art Gallery.Resistance+Resurgence.(group) September, 2017.

TIFF Lightbox/IFF/Imaginenative. 2167. Toronto (ongoing tour 2017-18) July 2017.

A Place Between. Urban Shaman Gallery. Winnipeg.April.2017

A Few Similar Things. Untitled Art Society,(group) Calgary Feb-Mar 2017.

Phenomena. Parramatta Artist Studios.Syndey, AUS. October, 2016

Screens and Thresholds. Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver.(group) October, 2016.

 Wearing Our Identity. Mccord Museum. guest artist installation. January, 2016

Fifth World. mii omaa ayaad.(group) The Fifth World @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. January, 2016.

Whose Nation? Re-imagined National Identities. Gallery8. Budapest, Hungary June, 2016.

little resistance.(solo) Platform Gallery (Winnipeg). June, 2015.

underground is where the heart is. (collaboration) Tom Thompson Gallery, Owen Sound.June, 2015.

our land, together. (group) Harbourfront Centre (Toronto). June, 2015.

Mamoowiang-to make change.sandbox.(collaborative work) AGSM May, 2015.

Fifth World. mii omaa ayaad. Mendel Art Gallery, SK. May, 2015.

Actions Must Match Words / De la parole aux gestes. Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides

Saint-Jérôme, QC.March, 2015.  

Memetic Drive: The Video Work of Scott Benesiinaabandan.WINDX Festival (Winnipeg) September, 2014.

A-Space/imagineNATIVEI:ke - I have motion.(Toronto).September ,2014

Ottawa Art Gallery. 2-State Solution, projections in public space. .August 22, 2014

Art Mur Storytelling : The Biennial of Art Contemporary Aboriginal, 2nd Edition.(Montreal) May, 2014

Artsouterrain 2014 (Montreal).termes d'appartenance. March, 2014

Parramatta Artist Studios (Sydney, AUS) Enduring Lands.2014.

Ryerson Image Centre. GHOSTDANCE: Activism, Resistance, Art. ( Toronto)September, 2013

Jerusalem Fund Gallery.The Map is Not the Territory  (Washington+L.A, USA) September(2013)/May(2014)

CT-International Print Biennale 2013. (Cuba)

Urban Shaman Gallery Ak-Sunrise: an outdoor projection. June, 2013.

Project Space  BLOOD MEMORIES. (Melbourne, AUS) June, 2013

Gallery 101, ASINABKA Festival. AK-Sunrise. (Ottawa) June, 2012.

Parramatta Artist Studios, Sydney, Australia. Mii omaa ayaad/ oshkii inendamowin. March, 2012

Manitoba Artist Network touring group show. Personal Politics. Winter-Spring, 2011

Context Gallery, Unsacred (Lightbox Commission). Derry, North of Ireland December, 2011

Martha Street Studio. Historical Landscapes. (solo w/ collaborative works) September, 2011

Post No Bills, temporary gallery.Winnipeg, Mb. (group show) August, 2011

Anishinabe Solidarity Flag on Free Derry Wall.(installation) Derry, North of Ireland.December, 2011

Safe European Home-To Whom It Might Concern(collaboration).Vienna, Austria.June, 2011

La Maison Rouge.My Winnipeg.Imagetaker /Preneurd'images Collective. Paris, June, 2011

A.R.T Post a February art show. (group exhibition) February, 2011

G1C03. unSacred. (solo exhibition) January 20-February 26, 2011

Martha Street Studios:Yellowbird. folio launch May, 2010

Buhler Gallery. Mapping. (group exhibition)February, 2010

WPG Film Group Spider Pig.Best of WNDX-Super 8.Winnipeg, 2009

INAC.Living Conditions in First Nations Communities.(group exhibition) Ottawa, 2009

CSIF 16th Annual  $100 Film Festival, Spider Pig. Edmonton, 2008

The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Subconscious City. (group exhibition) Winnipeg, 2008

Spiderpig Online Exhibition. 2008

Martha Street Studio, when they came. (group exhibition) Winnipeg, 2007

Harbourfront Centre, Flatter the Land, Bigger the Ruckus. (group exhibition)Toronto, 2006

Urban Shaman Faces Project. (collaborative project w/Water & Light), Winnipeg, 2006

imagineNative Festival.Toronto, 2005.


Grants & Awards

Canada Council for the Arts New Media Production Grant : Concordia/OBx Labs, 2017.

Canada Council for the Art: Research/Production 2013

Uni.Lethbridge-Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Residency, May-June 2013.

Canada Council for the Arts New Media Production Grant : Concordia/OBx Labs, May 2012-May 2013

Canada Council for the Arts International Residency Program: Parramatta Artist Studio 2012

Manitoba Arts Council Creative Development 2011

Manitoba Arts Council Creative Development 2010

Winnipeg Arts Council "B" grant 2009

Winnipeg Arts Council Professional Development 2009

INAC- Living Conditions in First Nations Communities Project (National)- 2008

Manitoba Arts Council: Creative Development 2008

Manitoba Arts Council: Creative Development 2006


Global Affairs- Canadian Paris Embassy, Manitoba Provincial Art Bank,  Winnipeg Foundation, New Directions Foundation,  Manitoba Hydro Art Bank, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Art Collection, private collections,


BlackFlash Magazine Summer 2011.: Review of unSacred by JJ.Kegan McFadden

Winnipeg Free Press February 10,2011 ( on unSacred)

Uniter ( on unSacred) January 19, 2011

Uptown (on unSacred) February 25, 2011

Winnipeg Free Press (on Flatter the Land,Bigger the Ruckus) June 2006


Public Journal. (cover i,mage) Fall 2017

Blackflash-Artist Folio. Spring 2017

C-Mag (cover image) Summer 2016

Platform Gallery, little resistances, 2015.

Visual Celebrations Buhler Gallery. 2012

Historical Landscapes.Prefix Magazine, Vol.24 Number 2. December 2011

unSacred.G1C03, 2011.

Subconscious City. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2008

Flatter the Land, Bigger the Ruckus.Urban Shaman,2006.


Urban Shaman Gallery. a place between. May 2017

McGill University. Indigenous Art History. September 2015.

Yamaji Arts Centre, Geraldton, Western Australia. June 2015.

University of Winnipeg, Art History class. June 2015.

This Could Be the Place Conference.Waterloo. June, 2014

Congress 2014, Brock University.May, 2014

Concordia University. Transmissions conference.March 2013

Ryerson University. Pictures by Indians Symposium February 2013

Parramatta Artist Studios. artist talk. March, 2012

Geraldton, Western Australia, Cultural Centre. Artist talk February, 2012

Gallery 1C03. Artist talk on the solo exhibition unSacred 2010

Boards/Committee/Volunteer work

Juries for: Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Counil, Aceart INC.,Video Pool, Platform, Urban Shaman, imagineNative Film Festival, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival

Platform Gallery Outreach and Darkroom Committee 2006-07


MFA-Studio-Photo. Concordia University. 2017-19.

Mentorship/New Works Creations with Martha Street Studios and Patrick Neufield.2008-2009

Mentorship/professional development with Rita Leistner in Oklahoma.2009

University of Winnipeg Bachelors of Psychology & Cultural Studies.Honours.2002

Martha Street Studios Aboriginal Printmakers Workshops (w/ Lynne Allen) 2006-07