Portraits in Blood

These black and white images originate in my desire to image, as well as imagine, my community. In the selected photographs from “Portraits in Blood,” I investigate my Aboriginal heritage by photographing Native women in the Winnipeg community. Prior to this point, I had not self-identified as an Aboriginal person. As I have said of this series, “In my early twenties, I decided to investigate my native heritage by making portraits of native women. I asked these women if I could be a native woman too.  In the process I developed a community of friends and elders where I could talk about my skin colour and all of those things that came along being Aboriginal. I called the portraits, ‘Portraits in Blood,’ because I was looking at my bloodlines.”