Nadine Roxanne Ryan

N. Ryan - Colour

I come from shíshálh and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh swiya (Sechelt and Squamish lands), located on the west coast of Canada. My ancestors were shíshálh people and European settlers (descended from Swedish, Scottish and Welsh). Spanning different lands and cultures, I'm a blend of my familial and geographic affiliations.


I received my Master of Arts in Anthropology from York University in Toronto, supervised by Kenneth Little and Natasha Myers, and I'm a member of Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, the Indigenous Curatorial Collective and the Indigenous Editors Association. My education honed my attention to the socio-historical contexts that shape people, place and knowledge systems, and through the creative work of writing and visual arts I explore different perspectives and perceptions. I like to experiment with methods of exposure, composition and compilation; I'm inspired by philosophical and sociological questions and I'm drawn to textures, patterns and dis-symmetry (visual and metaphorical).