Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi, Craig Commanda works through the moving image, poetry, music and sound composition. A practice unfolding over a decade, his creative process has enabled community engagement and travel across Turtle Island and beyond. Craig has participated in many international artist residencies including (Re)Claim + Diverse is this Land at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, cultural exchange residencies in Aoteara – New Zealand as well as in Haïti in collaboration with Lojiq. His work has been screened in festivals including Asinabka (unceded Algonquin territory – Ottawa, Cnd), ImagiNATIVE (Toronto, Cnd), Kurzfiltage (Winterthur, Switzerland), Maoriland (Otaki, NZ), and Wairoa Maori film festival (Nuhqkq, NZ). Craig is a current student studying Film Production at Concordia and is an advocate for mental wellness and suicide prevention. His practice seeks resurgence contributing to cultural preservation and revitalization for and by Indigenous peoples. He is currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/ Montreal.
The name of my language is Anishinaabemowin. We live in harmonious kinships with all of creation. We came from the land, and we use medicine plants to cure our ills and ceremonies like the sweat lodge, to talk to the Creator.