Aaron Vincent Elkaim was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1981. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies before moving on to study photojournalism at Loyalist College where he received the student vision award. Aaron has been the recipient of numerous arts grants from the Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. He has also been awarded the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant for his project “Where the River Runs Though” which explored hydroelectric development in the Brazilian Amazon. Aaron is based out of Toronto Canada, but works on assignments and projects across Canada and internationally.
Elkaim’s practice explores colonialist narratives of traditional and indigenous cultures as they grapple with the industrialization of their lands. Elkaim believes that traditional indigenous knowledge and spirituality offer a system of values useful in our modern times of over consumption.