Film Screening and Curatorial Chat with artist Craig Commanda

Film Screening and Curatorial Chat with artist Craig Commanda

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm, for a screening of artist and filmmaker Craig Commanda’s films Call and Response (2014) and Macrocosmic (2016). This screening will be followed by a conversation between Craig and OAG’s Curator, Rebecca Basciano, during which they discuss these films and further explore Craig’s dynamic artistic practice.


This program will begin with an introduction by Claudette Commanda.

Craig’s works are now on view at the OAG in the exhibition Filtered (March 5, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022), and his film work can be seen online at

OAG’s In Conversation programs are made possible with the support of BMO.

Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi, Craig Commanda (@craigcommandacreations) 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) and Diverse As 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 (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec). His work has been screened in festivals including Asinabka (unceded Algonquin territory - Ottawa, Canada), ImagiNATIVE (Toronto, Canada), Kurzfilmtage (Winterthur, Switzerland), Maoriland (Otaki, New Zealand), and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Nuhaka, New Zealand). Craig is currently studying Film Production at Concordia University 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. Recently, he has incorporated beadwork into his artistic practice to further this goal, with an exhibition titled “Filtered” at the Ottawa Art Gallery. He is currently based in Tiohtiá:ke / Montréal. For Craig’s films, visit