Raven Davis is an Anishinaabe, multidisciplinary artist, curator, and human rights speaker, from the Anishinaabek Nation, Treaty Four in Manitoba. Born and raised in Michi Saagig, Territory, (Toronto, Ontario), Davis lives and works as a professional artist, educator and facilitator in Toronto, and Kjipuktuk, (Halifax).
A parent of three sons’, Davis’ work weaves narratives of colonization, race, gender, disability, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into contemporary art forms. Through reclaiming language, patterns, and Anishinaabe culture, Davis works process through the legacy of intergenerational cultural loss and colonization of their ancestry, and lived experience. Through performance and visual works, Davis forges acts of resistance and reclamation through visual works, media, and movement. Davis’s work is embodied by their personal commitments to community building and engagement, sovereignty, solidarity, kinship and ceremony.
Highlighted in Canadian Art, Must Sees, Davis has been interviewed and published by No More Potlucks the CBC, the Huffington Post, Canadian Art Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, Plentitude Magazine, and C-Magazine. Davis is currently working on a solo exhibit in 2022 for McMasters University, and most recently, was invited to speak at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Anishinaabe, Treaty 4, Manitoba