photo by Red Works Photography.

photo by Red Works Photography.

Suzanne Morrissette is a Metis artist, curator, and writer from Winnipeg. She received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2009 and an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2011. In 2017 Morrissette completed her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, which took an interdisciplinary approach to probe the historical lineage behind contemporary perceptions of Indigenous political knowledge in mainstream North American society, particularly those which characterize resistance to state powers as aggressive or anti-progress. Looking at artworks by contemporary Indigenous artists, this research examines ways in which creative practice provides a generative site through which to confront and challenge these perceptions. This research has received SSHRC CGS and Provost Dissertation Scholarship support from 2013-2017, and has been nominated for the dissertation prize as well as the Governor General's Gold Medal for 2018. Morrissette's research-creation projects include such recent exhibitions as our land, together at Harbourfront Centre (2015), Surface & Symbol at the Ontario Crafts Council (2013) and Definitely Superior Art Gallery (2014), and Blueprints for a long walk: works by Lisa Myers at Urban Shaman Gallery (2013). Her forthcoming curatorial project, On Being Illiberal extends her recent research to problematize public perception of resistance movements in North America. Morrissette has received numerous grants from provincial and national arts councils to support her artistic and curatorial practices. She currently works as Assistant Profession at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary.