Kali Spitzer

Photo © Byron Flesher

Kali Spitzer is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother’s side. She is from the Yukon and grew up on the West coast of British Columbia in Canada. Having earned a Diploma in Professional Photography from the Western Academy of Photography, Kali is currently studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at the Santa Fe Community College. She works with film – 35mm, 120 and large format and has developed a new found love for the wet plate collodion process using an 8×10 camera. Her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture. Her work has been exhibited and recognized internationally. At the age of 20, Kali moved back north to spend time with her Elders, and to learn how to hunt, fish, trap, tan moose and caribou hides, and bead. Kali documents these practices with a sense of urgency, highlighting their vital cultural significance. She focuses upon cultural revitalization through her art whether in the medium of photography, ceramics, tanning hides, or hunting. She views all of these practices as art and as part of an exploration of self.